UK workers would rather have a thank-you card than an office party this Christmas, according to a poll of 2,000 people by campaign group Keep Britain Working.
The report comes on Party Friday (11 December), the peak day for office parties.
If they had to choose only one option this year, 76 per cent said they would prefer a personal thank-you note from their boss to a lavish office party, according to the research.
Over four in five (82 per cent), moreover, say they would rather have job security than a pay rise (18 per cent), as concerns about the recession continue to bite.
People are still partying, nevertheless, with bookings up 14 per cent up on this time last year according to online party planners Christmas Parties Unlimited. The study picks up that double last year’s numbers have waited to book until the last minute.
Founder of the Keep Britain Working campaign and Chairman of recruitment specialist Reed, James Reed, says the poll result is “a timely reminder for bosses up and down the country to thank people personally, particularly when times are tough. Even though unemployment rose more slowly last month people still feel insecure at work, and need support”.