According to headling-grabbing bullshit merchants Peninsula Ireland the other month something like 80% of bosses weren't going to have a Christmas party. I'm not sure of the exact figures but that (like the rest of Peninsula's "findings") would appear to be utter manure.
To anyone who hasn't got a clue what I'm on about keep an eye on the papers for outlandish and technically impossible headlines like "102% of Employees Spend All Day on Facebook". Chances are the crowd of wasters over at Peninsula behind it. I e-mailed all the broadsheets telling them that what they're getting is loaded, manipulated trash in order to put Peninsula's name in the papers. Did I hear back? Not a bit of it.
Their little gambit seems to involve asking a load of weighted and deceptive questions to a sample of drooling gobshites and publishing the "findings" in the media. Typical factoids involve Peninsula stating that a higher percentage of people engage in online shopping during the working day than either a) have computers or b) internet access. The purpose is to portray the average Irish employee as a slothful simpleton so business oweners who don't know any better will hire this bunch of self-serving charlatans to come in and do a bit of sacking.
Now this is doubly dangerous. Aside from dragging Ireland's name through the muck on a regular basis we can only assume some genuine hard working people are being asked to justify their existence because of this tomknavery.
More information here: http://eskerriada.wordpress.com/2009/07/28/peninsula-ireland-dont etc ...