Regrettable things are often said and done by forgetting the Christmas party is actually work time. So, if you wouldn’t do it on a regular Tuesday, don’t do it at all this Christmas.
Jingle and mingle without turning the ho ho ho into oh no!
‘Tis the season to be jolly, but that can spell big trouble when it comes to workplace festivities.
“People have said and done all sorts of regrettable things that have impacted their career by forgetting the Christmas party is actually work time,” warns Emily Haworth, Employsure senior employment adviser.
“The bottom line is, no matter how much fun you’re having, you’re still officially at work. So, the rule of thumb should be – if you wouldn’t do it normally in the office or around your boss, don’t do it at all.
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What happens at the Christmas party does not stay at the Christmas party.
Chances are we’ve all seen (or worse, been) that person that hit it a little too hard at the office Christmas party. But what the majority seem to forget is that it is an office Christmas party and you’re still on the clock. As an employer, you have a responsibility to ensure your employees are safe in the workplace – if an employee is injured in the workplace or on the way home, workers compensation claims are still a possibility. And the last thing a business needs is a sexual harassment or bullying claim as a result of some liquid courage. But there are things you can do to help everyone celebrate without the career hangover the next day. For more information on your responsibilities during the festive season, take a look at the following links below:
- Ask our specialist: How to handle the Christmas Party
- How to prepare your business for the festive season
- Notice periods for a festive season close down
- Free download: Employer’s Christmas party checklist
- WHS during Christmas – ‘Tis the season to be careful
- Important Legislation Guide – Holidays Act 2003
- Keeping your staff safe during the festive season
- Keep an eye out on our Facebook, LinkedInand Twitter pages for more tips and tricks on managing the festive season in your workplace.