Whether you love or loathe the Holiday Season, that time of the year has come around once again. Employees have scheduled their time off, year-end bonuses are being approved (or not), and the date of the Office Holiday Party, on the calendar for many months now, is almost here. Regardless of the type of event you’ve planned—big or small, casual or lavish—the party provides Business Owners with a way to thank their employees for the hard work they have done all year. For many Companies the party has become a tradition and something that is eagerly anticipated as the day draws closer.
What is “appropriate behavior” at the office party has become joke material for many comedians, and you can find YouTube videos galore in which the foibles of some unfortunate employee were caught by on camera by a coworker.
Christmas Party Gone Bad: https://youtu.be/QRtvyO_RL0k
Top 5 Office Party Dos and Don’ts: https://youtu.be/7IWO_RESNzo
Inappropriate behavior can be a serious problem not just for the employee but can even become a safety or legal issue for the Company. For this reason it is important to curb negative antics and encourage positive ones befitting of the Happy Holiday Season.
Here are (3) three tips for how you can help to make sure that your Holiday Office Party is as free from any embarrassing and awkward situations as possible:
Employees can be made aware of the Behavior Guidelines by distributing memo before the party. This memo should be simple and straightforward, for example outlining the appropriate dress, restrictions on alcohol, and whether or not employees can attend with a significant other. The more clear and unambiguous are the expectations, the more certain it will be that the party does not turn unacceptable. Employees may forget that this is a work party and arrive dressed in attire better suited for the club rather than an evening with coworkers. If you plan on serving alcohol (beer and wine are suggested rather than hard liquor), you can protect yourself from the problem of someone overdrinking by distributing coupons permitting no more than (2) two drinks per person.
While Mistletoe may be one of the symbols of the season, it’s not a good idea for a Holiday Office Party. You want everyone to forget about work, have a good time, and celebrate the season along with his or her co-workers. You don’t want the party atmosphere to cloud anyone’s common sense and prompt him or her to say anything inappropriate or, even worse, to make any inappropriate gestures or actions that can be viewed as sexual harassment.
Even when guiding employee behavior, there may still be the person who steps outside the lines of appropriateness. Ensure that your Management staff remain alert to any such behavior and that they notify you of any potential situations needing your attention. It is your responsibility to call a car service for employees, if needed, and to stanch inappropriate behavior when it arises.
Most employees want to do the right thing and there is usually a slim chance of any problems arising at the party. Still, it’s best to follow the old saying, An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Enjoy your Holiday Party!
For further discussion or comments, please contact Gail L. Trugman Nikol, President Unique Business Solutions, firstname.lastname@example.org or call (516) 935-5641.