The Company Christmas Party


  • Over 2 million employees will not make it into work the day after a Christmas party, costing over £261 million
  • Only 33% of employees will be honest about the hangovers, with others giving flu, food poisoning and migraines as reasons for their absence
  • Nearly a third of alcohol related incidents will result in hospital treatment


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.

Health & Safety
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.

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. 

Lateness and Absence
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.