Scrooge bosses – employers are making Christmas miserable for UK workers

84% of people don’t receive a Christmas bonus

A holly jolly Christmas isn’t on the cards for many workers across the UK. Office Genie’s research has found the majority of British bosses err towards stingy Scrooge than selfless Saint Nick.

Christmas bonuses are in short supply this year: a shocking 84% of employees will not be receiving a seasonal reward. Festive cheer is also lacking with 64% of workplace opting out of a Secret Santa gift exchange.

While the majority will experience Christmas party shenanigans, almost a quarter (24%) will miss out on the fun. On a more worrying note, 17% of employees believe they will experience work-related stress during their Christmas holiday.

Perhaps as a result of the meager amount of merriment, almost half (43%) of the UK’s working population say they will be slowing down pre-Christmas and by the third week of December, will have ‘switched off’. Indeed 25% of the workers surveyed say they will be easing off between the 14th-21st December alone.

Peter Ames, Head of Strategy at, has the following to say on the findings:

“The Prime Minister may be calling for festivities in the workplace, but it doesn’t appear British bosses are obliging. This unfestive attitude is clearly not helping employees, with almost half of the country’s workers switching off well in advance of Christmas itself.

“We’d suggest there is a balance to be struck, and perhaps a little Christmas indulgence could go a long way to ensuring staff are fully engaged, right up until holidays kick in.”

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