Employers can sometimes be caught between the desire to encourage their staff to celebrate another year’s hard work and balancing their employment, safety and reputational risks were someone within their team go (a little) or a lot over the top at their end of year Christmas party.
For the employer, the aim is to encourage staff to enjoy the Christmas festivities whilst at the same time avoiding the unpleasantness of unforeseen or unwelcomed staff behaviour.
Employers should consider following these 3 steps in order to minimize their risk:-
Pre-plan the Event
Ensure that the venue is suitable for all staff
Communicate clear start and finish times
Remind staff that as this is a work event and that all company policies and conduct codes apply
Set and follow responsible service of alcohol guidelines
Provide sufficient food and non-alcoholic beverages
Appoint a manager to monitor the party and handle complaints
Arrange suitable before and after transportation options
Make it clear that after-parties are not part of the Christmas party
At the Party
Monitor behavior and alcohol consumption
Ensure that there is adequate food
Be prepared to remove staff behaving inappropriately
When the Party’s over
Ensure staff do have access to safe transportation options
Investigate any party related incidents promptly and sensitively
Avoid the posting of embarrassing pictures or comments on social media
If we at & Legal can assist you with composing appropriate workplace policies or a pre-party message to staff, we would only be too happy to help. Naturally, if an incident does occur we can assist you to manage any fallout.