Deck halls with bouts of folly

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - BETTER BUSINESS -

WHAT­EVER the size of your busi­ness, throw­ing a Christ­mas party is a great way to re­ward staff and fin­ish the year with a bit of fun.

Un­for­tu­nately some­times these events can take a turn for the worse, so it’s im­por­tant to make sure your ex­pec­ta­tions are clear.

Re­mind em­ploy­ees your code of con­duct and other re­lated poli­cies ap­ply at out-of-hours func­tions.

You should plan ahead, take pre­cau­tions, be pre­pared for any­thing and fol­low a few strate­gies to make sure things run smoothly and safely.

Man­age al­co­hol

Giv­ing staff to­kens is a great way to con­trol the amount you are pro­vid­ing and make sure there’s plenty of non-al­co­holic drink as well.

Pro­vide food

Hav­ing food avail­able will help re­duce the ef­fects of al­co­hol but be sure to find out the at­ten­dees’ di­etary re­quire­ments so there are plenty of op­tions avail­able, such as gluten-free and veg­e­tar­ian.

Venue choice

The venue is im­por­tant.

Stairs are risky when al­co­hol is in­volved so your HR of­fi­cer should visit to com­plete an as­sess­ment.

Keep watch

❝ Re­mind em­ploy­ees your code of con­duct and other re­lated poli­cies ap­ply at out-of-hours func­tions.

While you can­not pre­dict ev­ery poor de­ci­sion em­ploy­ees might make, take rea­son­able ef­forts to en­sure no one gets be­hind the wheel while they are in­tox­i­cated.

It’s a good idea to have man­age­ment at the ex­its to spot em­ploy­ees who should not drive.

As long as an em­ployer plans and takes pre­cau­tions ahead of time, they can avoid a dis­as­ter at the Christ­mas party.

PHOTO: MIKE KNOTT

GOOD TIME FOR ALL: Planning takes most of the risk out of the of­fice Christ­mas party.

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