Saturday 20 January 2018

Irish workers going crackers over office Christmas party photos

David Brent and staff get ready to celebrate Christmas at The Office
David Brent and staff get ready to celebrate Christmas at The Office

Majella O’Sullivan

ONE in every 100 workers has claimed that a photograph of themselves taken at the office Christmas party posted online contributed to them looking for a new job.

But more than half of us admit to being embarrassed by a photograph taken of us at the annual shindig.

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

And the reason why most people were embarrassed by a photograph is because it was taken too late, when they felt they had gone past their best.

The survey was compiled in October by Censuswide for Nikon and involved speaking 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. After the unflattering angle, the next top gripe for not liking a photograph was eyes being closed, cited by 36pc of men and 38pc of women.

Looking fat was the reason given by 46pc of women who didn't like their Christmas party photograph, compared to only 24pc of men.


However, having too much to drink was the reason 43pc of men didn't like their photographs, compared to 33pc of woman.

Just 16pc of men were having a ‘bad hair day' in the photo and didn't like it as a result, compared to 31pc of women questioned. One in every hundred men said their make-up had come off in the picture, compared to 20pc of women.

Meanwhile, Caroline McEnery of HR & Business Solutions in Tralee which provides employment law services and training to companies had this advice to offer ahead of the Christmas party season.

It might be a party but the rules of work still apply.

“It is important to remember that employers can be held liable for incidents that happen at Christmas parties, even if the party is offsite and out of hours,” she warned.

Irish Independent

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