UK workers want thanks not parties, according to new poll

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Four in Five want job stability above a pay-rise this Christmas

This is a timely reminder for bosses up and down the country to thank people personally, particularly when times are tough. Even though unemployment rose more slowly last month people still feel insecure at work, and need support.

UK Workers would rather have a thank-you card than an office party this Christmas, according to a poll of 2,000 people by campaign group Keep Britain Working.

The report comes on Party Friday, the peak day for office parties according to party planners (Friday 11 December 2009).

If they had to choose only one option this year, three out of every four people (76%) said they would prefer a personal thank-you note from their boss to a lavish office party, according to the Keep Britain Working study.

What's more four out of five (82%) would rather have job security than a pay rise, as concerns about the recession continue to bite.

People are still partying, with bookings up 14% up on this time last year according to the nation’s biggest online party planners Christmas Parties Unlimited. However double last year’s numbers have waited to book until the last minute, and budgets are tight as people seek bargain deals.

James Reed, founder of the Keep Britain Working campaign and Chairman of recruitment specialist Reed says:

"This is a timely reminder for bosses up and down the country to thank people personally, particularly when times are tough. Even though unemployment rose more slowly last month people still feel insecure at work, and need support.”

Keep Britain Working is calling on everyone to share their ideas about how to create and preserve jobs at KeepBritainWorking.com. Each month Keep Britain Working will present the best ideas to Britain's three main political parties, as part of their aim to create '1,000 ideas for the next government' - offering everyone a real opportunity now to influence Manifesto commitments at the next election.

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For more information on Keep Britain Working, please contact Katy Nicholson on 07712 873780 or Lewis Campbell, tel. 020 7616 2327 or 07908 566 859 or email lewis(dot)campbell(at)reedglobal(dot)com

For further information from Christmas Parties Unlimited contact Linda Mansfield, MD, Direct tel: 01908 336585, Public Hotline 01908 336583

NOTES FOR EDITORS

About the poll
Keep Britain Working polled 1,929 people via recruitment site reed.co.uk at the end of November 2009. When asked which of the following would they would rather their boss gave them for Christmas, 76% chose a personal thank-you note, while 24% chose a lavish Christmas office Party. When asked if they had to choose only one of the following which they would pick this Christmas, 82% chose job security, while 18% chose a pay-rise.

About Keep Britain Working
Keep Britain Working (http://www.keepbritainworking.com) launched at the beginning of this year, to promote innovative ways to preserve and create jobs. Hundreds of endorsements include those from all three main political parties and the trade union movement, as well as public and private organisations. James Reed, Chairman of recruitment company Reed, initiated the campaign, but backs its independence to support its main objective that “Job#1 is to Keep Britain Working”.

About Keep Britain Working's campaign to create "1,000 Ideas for the Next Government"
Every month from now until May 2010 Keep Britain Working will focus on a different employment issue and call for ideas from the public and leading business figures to create 1000 ideas for the Next Government. November focussed on Youth Unemployment, with hundreds of ideas submitted by business leaders, specialist groups and members of the public.

Throughout December the focus is on Making it Easier to Hire People. Ideas from the Federation of Small Business, Community Links, the Refugee Council and the British Chambers of Commerce have already been received and feature on KeepBritainWorking.com as well as scores of ideas from members of the public.

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