THE VAST majority of workplaces in Ireland won't be throwing a Christmas party this year due to the pandemic.
According to a new survey, by e-recruitment site IrishJobs.ie, just 14% of all workplaces say they're planning to hold a party to celebrate the festive season.
Of those who are throwing a party, 9% will be doing so virtually, while just 3% are planning to host one in the office under socially distanced guidelines.
Meanwhile, 2% are looking to secure a booking in a restaurant or pub for the festivities.
In the study, over 2,600 employees were surveyed, and 80% of them agreed that socialising in the workplace was an important aspect of their job.
Despite this though, 40% of respondents said it would be "irresponsible" to host a Christmas party, with 30% stating that doing so would be "more trouble than it is worth," given the current risks associated with large social gatherings.
The cancellation of office Christmas parties represents a concerning trend on workplace socialising, it seems.
81% of respondents admitted that they no longer have any work-based social activities.
Prior to the pandemic, 94% of all workplaces said they held regular social events, with 40% holding a big office get-together at least once a quarter.
"Unfortunately this year, the traditional Christmas party is no longer a viable option due to Covid restrictions," said IrishJobs.ie general manager Orla Moran.
"However, it is important that we continue to look for creative ways to overcome these practical challenges.
"Whether is is a virtual after-work event, or a get-together in a public space once Government guidelines allow, a conscious effort should be made to ensure that there is dedicated time allocated for workplace socialising in the weeks ahead to help boost morale and recognise the hard work and resilience of employees at the close of a uniquely challenging year."