By Claire West

UK businesses are at risk of losing millions through staff staying home from work the day after the traditional Christmas party, according to research carried out by NewVoiceMedia.

With 76 per cent of employees polled in the research stating that their Christmas party will be taking place during a week night this month, over two thirds of respondents (67%) stated that they wished they could work from home the day after the Christmas party.

Worryingly, 31 per cent of UK employees explained that a combination of reasons including, having to travel to work the morning after the Christmas party meant that they had considered throwing a sick day.

Jonathan Grant, CEO at NewVoiceMedia, says: “After a tough year, most companies allow staff to let their hair down and celebrate during the Christmas party. Most parties happen between Monday and Thursday and the problem arises when companies expect staff to turn up for work as usual the following day. Companies who can allow staff the ability to work from home, not only boost morale but diminish the potential losses to the business by having a reduced workforce as a result of the festivities.”

Grant continues: “Cloud technology has made it possible for businesses of all sizes to implement flexible and scalable telephony solutions that allow staff to work from home and remain accountable. The technology is perfect for businesses as there is no requirement for onsite equipment or ongoing maintenance costs. Supervisors can effectively monitor staff regardless of their location and have the flexibility to add or remove users as the business demands.”

The NewVoiceMedia survey covered 100 UK-based employees. For further detail on the results, please contact the NewVoiceMedia team at Berkeley PR via nvm@berkeleypr.co.uk.