Not all staff will want to attend the Christmas party. Christmas is a Christian holiday – so do not pressure people to attend if they don’t want to on the grounds of religion. If the Christmas party is out of work hours some people may not want to spend their free time with their co-workers.
Mix it up
Mix up departments, you don’t need to over organise the seating plan, but mixing departments can be good for team building.
Eat before you drink
If you start your Christmas party with free flowing drink prior to the meal, you can have big problems. One timeless piece of wisdom about drinking is that one should never drink on an empty stomach. Drinking on an empty stomach causes you and your staff to get intoxicated at a much faster rate.
Employees cannot permit under-18s to drink as underage drinking is illegal.
Heavy or unwieldy gifts are hard to get home, easily broken and can be unwanted. You’d be better off giving money or vouchers. If you decide to give a gift put thought into how your colleagues/employees will get their gifts home.
If a member of staff has clearly drunk too much at the office Christmas party and plans to drive home, the employer needs to take responsibility for this. Consider ending the party before public transport stops running; or provide the phone numbers for local taxi companies and encourage staff to use them.
Working the next day
If the party is mid-week and people are expected in work the next day, provide plenty of non-alcoholic drinks and food. Before the party, ensure that all staff know that disciplinary action could be taken if they fail to turn up for work because of over-indulging.