The Christmas Party: When jolly turns to unruly

Keeping up with tradition, the UK workforce is likely to be down 2 million employees the day after the Company Christmas party. Of course this could due to an alcohol induced ‘cold’ or perhaps they’re too red faced after the way they behaved, but hopefully our advice will help the evening run as smoothly as possible and make it a jolly occasion for all.

Have fun but behave…

Communicate to employees that their conduct at any functions must always reflect the Company’s standards and professionalism. Explain that unacceptable behaviour such as fighting, harassment or drink driving will not be tolerated whilst at the function as well as travelling there and back.

Have fun but stay safe… As an employer it is important to think about how you will monitor any dangerous behaviour and control alcohol consumption, to reduce the risk of any accidents. Have fun but respect those around you, everyone is different… When planning any functions, always give consideration to the cultures, beliefs and disabilities of your employees. You should think carefully about the date and time that you hold your function as the type of event. For example, some employees may not be able to attend an evening event due to childcare arrangements. You should also ensure that there is food to suit different dietary requirements and non alcohol drinks available.

Have fun but make it into the work the next day… Communicate to all employees that lateness or failure to attend work following a Christmas function, may result in disciplinary action. You may request medical evidence for any absences following a function, as well as during the period between Christmas and New Year.