How to manage your workplace Christmas event

Tis the Season to be Jolly!

November 16, 2021 | By Vanessa Wilson, Vitil People Solutions

It is that time of year again when we start planning for the festive season and the parties begin. Here are just a few reminders on how to manage your Christmas event and ensure employee behaviours are managed well, to protect yourselves and your team, so that everyone can have a good time.

Taking the following important steps will help you to manage your risks:

  • Have clear workplace policies in place in relation to bullying, sexual harassment and the consumption of alcohol, and ensure your employees are familiar with those policies
  • At the start of the festive season, remind your employees of the standards of behaviour expected of them when attending work-related functions. Make it clear exactly when the rules of workplace behaviour will apply when you are out of your usual workplace, or outside of normal working hours
  • Give one, or a group, of employees the job of monitoring employee behaviour during the party
  • Serve alcohol responsibly – in particular, avoid the ‘help yourself’ method of service – and provide plenty of food and water
  • Ensure that drunk employees are promptly cut off from the bar.
  • If providing food, make sure you have considered your employees’ dietary requirements
  • Provide for clear ‘start’ and ‘finish’ times for work-related festivities. If it is held at your workplace, ensure that people vacate the premises at the end of the function
  • Provide a safe means of transport home from work-related functions, especially in the case of employees who are intoxicated or otherwise vulnerable.

Christmas parties are an important part of the Perth Australian culture, and can be a fantastic way to say thank you to your People Capital, raise morale and promote teamwork. Therefore, preparing for a Christmas party is important, being clear on your expectations and putting in place some of the preventative measures, will ensure a good time is had by all.

Enjoy the festive season!

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