Many employers organise Christmas parties as a way of thanking their staff for all their hard work over the year. However, this can lead to potential problems for employers.
How do organisations manage this risk?
We look at eight top tips for ensuring your Christmas party runs without any hiccups.
- Remind staff that it is a work event, so they are still expected to act professionally in-line with the company’s anti-harassment and equal opportunities policies.
- Avoid a free bar all night
- Offer food at the end of the evening.
- Provide coach transport home for your employees.
- Act quickly if you hear or become aware of inappropriate behaviour, even in jest. Quick action could prevent an employee from making a formal complaint.
- Managers should always remain responsible and lead by example.
- Inform employees of the organisation’s approach towards sickness to avoid an influx of sickness calls the next day.
- Enjoy the party.
Employers must bear in mind that even if the party is off site the employees are still their responsibility.
Experience tells us that employers who do adopt the above points run into many less problems during and after the event and can focus on the important task of ensuring their employees are protected, recognised for their contributions throughout the year and encouraged to have a very merry Christmas.
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