A THIRD of British bosses will be bringing Scrooge to work this year by banning Christmas festivities.

A survey of 1,005 employees, carried out by artificial Christmas tree etailer, Christmas Tree World, asked Brits about their employers’ attitudes to Christmas festivities in the workplace and found one in three employers will put a stop to all Christmas traditions this year.

The poll asked workers about the Christmas celebrations they are allowed to take part in and found just a fifth will attend a work Christmas party or festive lunch with colleagues, while only 17 per cent will listen to Christmas music in their workplace.

And, while 15 per cent of businesses will have Christmas decorations in their workplace, just nine per cent of respondents will buy presents for their colleagues via Secret Santa and five per cent will wear a Christmas jumper.

Those who do embrace Christmas fun start their celebration early in the workplace.

The survey found three-quarters of those who are allowed Christmas tunes at work, usually turn them on as early as November, and five per cent already had Christmas music playing by October.

The data revealed the further north you go; the more festive workplaces are. Scottish bosses are most likely to embrace Christmas at work, while Londoners are the least likely.

Stephen Evans, owner of Christmas Tree World said: “It’s surprising to see the number of workplaces that won’t be embracing the festive season with music, parties or even a touch of tinsel.

“There are a number of ways to bring the festivities to the workplace without it being over the top.