By Paula Fisher
November 30th 2022
Christmas parties and the works christmas party season are a great chance for employees to let off some steam, bond outside of work and get to know each other without targets and deadlines looming. But it can end up with uncomfortable conversations afterwards if things get out of control.
Every year we hear horror stories about work Christmas parties, ranging from punch-ups and offensively drunk employees, through to extra-marital activities and unwanted advances.
It is important to remember that even if the Christmas party takes place outside of the workplace, employment laws still apply. When an employee attends a function organised by the Company, you are still responsible for their actions. That’s because, like all work-related social events, your Christmas party is an extension of the workplace.
Although most employees know how to behave at a work Christmas party, some will take the phrase “let your hair down” a bit too far. For this reason, now could be a good time to remind your employees about what’s expected from them. At the end of the day, your employees are adults and should know how to conduct themselves at work and in related social situations, but there’s no harm in issuing a reminder, to ensure no one is on this year’s naughty list! This is about ensuring that everyone understands what’s acceptable, and what will happen if behaviour falls below the required standards.
Here are a few useful tips to help you get the best out of your Christmas party:
If you use YourHR.Space the behaviour that is expected of your employees when attending company events will be clearly outlined in your employment policies section. The Social Events Policy lays out the conduct and rules of attending such events, including reminding all employees that all company Equal Opportunities and Bullying and Harassment policies do still apply when attending. You could even make announcements to remind employees to ensure they read the policies again before an upcoming event to avoid any issues.
However, if anything does happen at your Christmas party, and you need advice on how to deal with it, please call Practical HR Ltd on 01702 216573 or email [email protected] for advice.
If you need advice or guidance on the subject matter outlined in the above item, or any other employment matter, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.