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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Over half of us cringe about our office party pictures

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MORE than half of us admit to having a David Brent moment and being embarrassed by a photograph taken at the annual office Christmas party.

A survey of 1,000 Irish workers has revealed that 57pc have lived to regret the party picture, but the majority agree that the best time to be photographed is at 10.02pm.

And one in every 100 workers has claimed that a photo posted online after the event contributed to them looking for a new job.

The reason why most people were embarrassed by a photo is because it was taken too late, when they felt they had gone past their best. The survey was compiled by Censuswide for Nikon and spoke to employees in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Derry.

It found the average office party starts at 7pm and the golden time for the perfect picture falls for most at exactly 182 minutes into the night – at 10.02pm.

An "unflattering angle" was cited as the most common complaint by 46pc of respondents as the reason why they didn't like a photograph.

There were also slight differences in the responses between the sexes.

Just 16pc of men were having a "bad hair day" in the photograph and didn't like it as a result, compared to 31pc of women questioned.

Unsurprisingly, just one in every 100 men said their make-up had come off, compared to 20pc of women.

Irish Independent

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