Deck halls with bouts of folly
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.
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.
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.
The venue is important.
Stairs are risky when alcohol is involved so your HR officer should visit to complete an assessment.
❝ 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.
GOOD TIME FOR ALL: Planning takes most of the risk out of the office Christmas party.