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Staff would “rather have the money” than endure an office Christmas party

Office Christmas party

The annual office Christmas party is typically viewed as an annual treat that recognises and rewards employees – but for nearly half of the population the events are a chore more associated with drunkenness and often regrettable romantic liaisons than bonding or motivation. In a poll by serviced office provider Business Environment, one in five (20%) find Christmas parties a chore, while one in ten (13.7%) wish there would be no Christmas parties at all. Although roughly a third of people (31.6%) reported that Christmas parties helped them bond with their colleagues, and slightly more than a quarter (27.3%) reported the events make them feel rewarded for hard work, 62.2% of respondents “would rather have the money”.

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RICS Award Winner - 1 Angel SquareIn the latest issue of the Insight newsletter; despite predictions of “epic policy failure” following Yahoo’s ban on employees working at home, its gamble has paid off; why the most demonised symbol of corporate alienation – the cubicle – is back on the scene; and as the economy recovers, employers must find new and improved ways to attract and retain employees. Simon Heath sees a clear disconnect between what happens inside the designer or architect’s MacBook and its effect on the physical spaces in which we interact; John Sacks says the Germans prove that long hours and productivity are often two completely different things; and Pam Loch wonders if employers are dangerously unaware about the nature and extent of sexual harassment in their workplace.

CIBSE creates diversity panel to reflect varied workforce

Diversity in the workplace

Efforts to encourage a more inclusive culture within the built environment appear to have moved up a gear. RIBA President Angela Brady has voiced concerns on the “gender inequality that continues to pervade the profession,” and now the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineering (CIBSE) has launched a Diversity Panel. Formed to encourage diversity in all its forms, whether race, gender, age, sexual orientation or disability, it is made up of CIBSE members who are keen to increase the routes to the profession through educational paths and by promoting a diverse workplace. Commented CIBSE: “The employment and retention of a varied workforce is integral to meet the building services engineering skills gap and to therefore improve building performance.” More →