TeamSport recently surveyed 1,000 UK workers to find out some of the craziest and most bizarre excuses people use to try and get out of going into work the day after the office Christmas party.

The festive season is quickly approaching and that means one of the most highly anticipated events of the year is coming up, the office Christmas party. A fantastic opportunity to let our hair down, mingle with colleagues and dance the night away. What happens when we have a few too many and can’t face dragging ourselves into work the next day however?

TeamSport recently surveyed 1,000 UK workers to find out some of the craziest and most bizarre excuses people use to try and get out of going into work the day after the office Christmas party. Some of the more elaborate tales include:

  • “I forgot to put the washing machine on so I have no clean clothes.”
  • “I swallowed a spider so I can’t come in.”
  • “I’ve bruised my brain.”
  • “My ears are sore from the music at the party last night.”

Those who have sobered up enough to create a more believable excuse managed to come up with:

  • Food poisoning (16% of respondents admit to having used this excuse)
  • Generally feel unwell (11%)
  • Picked up a stomach bug (5%)
  • Car has broken down (3%)

How to stop people calling in sick after the work Christmas party

The office Christmas party is a great way to reward and recognise employees for a year of hard work. Naturally however, you don’t want to be faced with an empty office or incredibly unproductive staff the day after. Below are some great tips to help avoid this.

  • Hold it on a Friday night – this may be met with mixed reactions so talk to your team about whether or not they would rather have the office party on a Friday night. While some might not want to give up part of their weekend for a work event, others may love the idea because they don’t have to worry about being hungover the next day.
  • Do a lunch instead of a dinner – if you don’t want people to feel awful the day after the party, do a day thing instead of an evening party. The earlier it finishes, the earlier people will stop drinking and the less likely they are to feel the effects the next day. 
  • Allow people to come in later the next day – sometimes you just have to accept that people aren’t going to be at their best the day after the Christmas party. Allowing them an extra hour in bed to recover could help them to be more productive for the rest of the day however. 
  • Put on a breakfast the next morning – if it’s not practical to let people come in later, provide everyone with a big, hearty breakfast. This can really help to set them up for the day and provides an incentive for them to make their way in. 
  • Don’t offer too much free booze – if you offer free alcohol all night, people will take advantage of this. While you can’t expect employees to fork out too much for the office party, put a limit on how much they can drink. If people have to pay for their own alcohol, they’re far more likely to be sensible.

Whatever you do for your Christmas party, we hope you have a fantastic time and we look forward to working with you in 2018.