Aussie companies giving the traditional office Christmas party a facelift in 2017
With the latest NAB ratings putting business confidence at a high, Eventbrite’s Aussie Workplace Christmas Party Index found the average local business will spend close to $10,000 on their Christmas parties in 2017.
Four percent of employers will spend more than $100,000 on their work Christmas party, while close to one in six businesses (around 13 percent) will spend from $10,001 up to $100,000. More than three quarters (85 percent) of employers view their Christmas party as an investment in team well-being, saying their Christmas party has ‘a positive impact on staff morale and is an important part of keeping the team motivated’.
Almost half (47 percent) of employers are practicing what they preach in terms of inclusivity and work-life balance, inviting partners, husbands and wives to attend their Christmas festivities. On average around one quarter of businesses are taking the opportunity to nurture business relationships, inviting customers and clients to their Christmas shows in 2017.
“The Christmas party is such a quintessential part of the Aussie workplace come December, but we’ve definitely moved beyond spring rolls at the office,” said Phil Silverstone, General Manager, Eventbrite A&NZ.
“The findings are a positive sign that local workplaces are optimistic about their businesses and happy to spend of bit money rewarding their staff and families, building team morale and nurturing customer relationships.”
The study also asked employers and employees what types of parties they’d be hosting or attending to get a read on how we’ll celebrate Christmas at work in 2017. While one in three businesses (33 percent of employers and 35 percent of employees) are sticking to the traditional formula of an office party, around two-thirds will be mixing things up.
Approximately a quarter (30 percent of employers and 26 percent of employees) will be hosting or attending a sit-down dinner at a restaurant or function centre. Around a quarter (21 percent of employers and 28 percent of employees) will be hosting or attending a team lunch. Nearly one in five (18 percent of employers and 20 percent of employees) are throwing or attending cocktail parties.
Approximately 7 percent (9 percent of employers and 4 percent of employees) are going all out hosting or attending a costume or themed party and another 7 percent of both employers and employees are getting ‘experiential’ with an activity-based party like a bowling night or murder mystery event.
“We’re thrilled so many businesses are sprucing up their Christmas parties this season with more engaging and creative additions to their events,” said Silverstone.
“Whether you’re on a small or large budget, employees will value a Christmas party with some thought put into it that’s going to be meaningful.”