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Scrooge rules at sector's yules


CONSTRUCTION FIRMS have a 'scrooge-like' attitude towards their staff at Christmas, according to a new report from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI).

The research found that a quarter of construction rms make no nancial contribution towards staff Christmas parties while a further 20% spend less than £20 a head.

And rather than spreading Christmas cheer, many construction managers interviewed said they were more concerned about staff misbehaving at the seasonal bash, which could result in tribunals.

A third of 468 managers interviewed in the construction sector said that the whole premise of the staff Christmas party was overrated anyway with a 'forced atmosphere', while 28% said that the party season goes on too long and has a bad affect on work.

'A Scrooge mentality has emerged throughout the UK construction sector, ' said the CMI in its report Season of goodwill - more myth than reality in the construction sector.

'Many organisations are placing restrictions on festive celebrations. Although the majority of employers do host a party, the survey shows that they resent the outlay and fear the repercussions from excessive celebration.' Despite the party-pooping from many of the respondents, 69% said that the Christmas party was a good way to boost team morale, while 42% said they used the annual bash 'to let their hair down'.

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