Corporates keener to teambuild after-hours

Corporates are choosing to
hold events in employees’ spare time
to maximise the working week, according to bookings held by teambuilding
company, Venturi’s Table.

The cookery-based
corporate events centre reports that 23 per cent of corporate events held
between October 2009 and February 2010 took place at the weekend. This compares
to six per cent for 2007.

“I was
extremely lucky not to be made
redundant by my employer last year,” says banker Tom Gale, who attended an ‘out
of hours’ client event at Venturi’s Table. “Many of my colleagues were laid off
and are still looking for work. I am now aware that no job is totally secure so
I don’t want to complain about having less spare time because of work.”

Less than 41 per cent
(compared to 64 per cent in 2007) of corporate events at the centre this winter
took place within the traditional working hours of 9-5pm Monday to Friday. Of
the 36 per cent of events taking place Monday to Friday, but outside of nine to
five working hours, one in three were organised to begin at 7pm or later.

The bookings also show
that the sectors more likely to opt for an ‘out of hours’ event are banking,
advertising, PR, pharmaceutical and IT and media. Larger companies were also more likely to hold
their events outside of usual working hours than small- to medium-sized businesses.

“Redundancy and business
collapse during the recession put immediate pressure on those who lost their jobs and its
threat left the employed feeling vulnerable and compelled to work even harder
and longer,” says MD at Venturi’s Table, Anna Venturi.

Paul Colston

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Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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