Tis the season to be jolly and this can only mean one thing – tis also the season of the famous office Christmas party! A time when bosses loosen purse strings and staff let their hair down and, love it or loathe it, the annual Christmas party will happen.
So, here’s a few tips to help you get through it.
Not all staff will want to attend the Christmas party.
Christmas is a Christian celebration, so people may choose not to attend on religious grounds. Others may prefer to spend their free time away from office colleagues. People must not be pressured to attend.
Mix it up
Encouraging departments to mix with each other can be good for team building.
Eat before you drink
We all know that one should never drink on an empty stomach. Ensure there is something for people to nibble on prior to drinking to slow the rate of intoxication.
Employers cannot permit under-18s to drink alcohol for legal reasons. Ensure all staff know they are not to buy alcohol for under-18s.
Heavy or unwieldy gifts are hard to get home or could be easily broken. If you decide to give a gift put thought into how your colleagues will get their gifts home.
If a member of staff has clearly drunk too much and plans to drive home, the employer needs to take responsibility for this. Consider ending the party before public transport stops running; or provide phone numbers for local taxis, and get staff to use them.
Working the next day
For mid-week parties where people are expected at work the next day, make sure there’s plenty of non-alcoholic drinks and food. Ensure that all staff know that disciplinary action could be taken if they fail to turn up for work because of over-indulging.
The Christmas party is often the highlight of the work year, giving your employees and colleagues the perfect opportunity to get to know each other and enjoy some Christmas festivities.
They’ve all worked hard, so help them enjoy these celebrations.