Remember, don’t harass colleagues at the office party
COMPANIES should warn staff not to sexually harass each other at Christmas parties, unions have said.
The Trades Union Congress said bosses should send out emails ahead of Christmas events reminding their staff of the appropriate way to behave.
According to its figures, one in seven victims of sexual harassment say it took place at a work social event, including one in five women who are employed by small businesses.
The TUC suggests that employers “send an email to staff in advance of the party about the standard of behaviour that is expected of them. Remind them the party is still a work setting so normal company rules on behaviour will apply”.
Parties should also offer plenty of non-alcoholic drinks for people “wanting a break from the booze,” it said, and employees could also be handed numbers for cab companies to make sure they get home safely.
Bosses should also “treat any complaints following the Christmas party seriously and take action immediately, carrying out a full investigation if necessary,” it added.
Frances O’grady, TUC general secretary, said: “Many of us look forward to the traditional work Christmas party as a chance to wind down and celebrate with colleagues. But workers and bosses should remember that they are still in a work setting. Nobody wants to offend another member of staff – or worse do something that might get them sacked just before Christmas.”