Work Christmas decoration spend at all-time low

A shocking 55% of offices have spent absolutely nothing on Christmas decorations, according to a recent survey.

The overall average spend per employee was a Scrooge-like 23p.
Only 2% of the 140 offices surveyed had spent more than £5 per employee on Christmas decorations this year.

This is the lowest spend on record, with last year’s average 28p and in 2008 a slightly more generous 31p.
Of the 45% of offices with any festive cheer at all, tinsel was the most common decoration: most commonly taped to the ceiling or around computer monitors. Only 12% of companies surveyed had splashed out on a Christmas tree – and the average height of Christmas trees was under five feet.
Michael Howard, chairman of office design company, Maris Interiors, says: ‘This is slightly depressing to hear – even in these austere times, companies should perhaps think of employee morale before cutting back completely on the Christmas decorations.

‘A few quid on some fairy lights might go an awful long way!’
Employees across 140 offices were surveyed, between 3-10 December 2010.
Average spends on Christmas decorations per employee:
Nothing (55%)
Under £1 (22%)
£1 to £3 (14%)
£3 to £5 (7%)
Over £5 (2%)

• Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe.


The team of experts have extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save substantial amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.

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