Office Christmas parties increasingly popular with both employers and employees - findings of a CROP-ORHRI survey

    MONTREAL, Dec. 10 /CNW Telbec/ - According to a CROP survey conducted for
the Ordre des CRHA et CRIA du Québec (ORHRI) in late November, office
Christmas parties are gaining in popularity among organizations and their

    More and more office Christmas parties

    The survey indicates that three quarters (75%) of Quebec workers have an
office Christmas party organized by their employer, compared to only 69% in
2006 and 65% in 2005.
    What's more, workers appear to appreciate this initiative. In fact, 69%
believe it's important for their employer to organize a Christmas party.
    "And they're right. Office parties are often a good opportunity to get
together outside the formal work environment. Not only do they promote team
spirit, but employees also see them as a form of reward," explained Florent
Francoeur, CHRP, President and CEO of the Ordre.

    Employer supervision: a definite social responsibility

    The organization of an office party naturally implies a certain level of
supervision on the part of the employer, just to make sure things don't spin
out of control. According to the survey, 8% of employees reported witnessing
unacceptable incidents at their last office Christmas party (e.g. unseemly
behaviour, inappropriate words from a boss or co-worker, etc.).
    To prevent these situations from arising, employers need to have a
certain measure of control over their employee's alcohol consumption and
provide alternative means of transportation for them to get home.
    Yet only 36% of respondents said their employer had some control over the
amount of alcohol employees consumed at the Christmas party. The lack of an
open bar or a limit on the number of drinks paid for by the employer are just
a few examples of such control measures.
    Furthermore, some 53% of those interviewed confirmed that their employer
provides some form of alternative transportation for the office Christmas
    These findings may seem disturbing insofar as employers are responsible
for the regrettable consequences of excessive alcohol consumption during
activities they organize (accidents, inappropriate behaviour, etc.). "But we
should be careful about jumping to conclusions. These responses could also
indicate that employers have become more subtle in their approach or have made
certain practices so standard that their employees don't necessarily notice
them. Nonetheless, HR professionals can be excellent resources for employers
on these occasions," added Francoeur.

    To learn more...

    The results of this CROP-ORHRI survey are available at (in French only).
    Employers will also find advice and some simple tips on how to monitor
alcohol consumption at office parties at

    ORHRI is the primary human resources management and industrial relations
reference organization in Quebec. Recipient of a Grand Prix québécois de la
qualité 2005, it has a membership of over 8,000 dynamic professionals,
including 6,500 CHRPs and CIRCs. It is the only organization authorized by the
Professional Code to confer the designations of certified human resources
professional and certified industrial relations counsellor. Active in all
sectors - businesses, government organizations, unions, academia, consulting
firms - CHRPs and CIRCs work in industrial relations, human resources
management, occupational health and safety and in-house professional

For further information:

For further information: Caroline Benarrous, Coordinator, Event
organization and communications, (514) 879-1636, ext. 224,

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