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Beware the perils of the office Christmas party

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The season of good cheer is almost upon us, and office Christmas parties will be held across the country. A chance to let your hair down, throw caution to the wind and have a brilliant time?

Yes and no. Yes, you can certainly have a fantastic time, and the annual Christmas party provides an excellent opportunity to socialise with your co-workers and with the bosses. It’s all part of team-building, and can really help colleagues to gel.

But throw caution to the wind? Definitely not – after all, you’ll be back in the office on Monday morning and won’t want what happens at the party to blight you future working relationships.

So whether you are an employer or an employee, here are a few dos and don’ts which, if you follow them, will ensure you have a great time.

Office Christmas party guidelines for employees

  1. Do dress appropriately, and make sure you know what the dress code is.
  2. Do arrive on time – being fashionably late, especially if the event involves a sit-down meal, won’t endear you to your bosses and colleagues. Equally, don’t leave too early, as it makes you appear antisocial.
  3. Do mingle with everybody, as this is a chance to get to know your colleagues better.
  4. Do drink responsibly. It goes without saying that the more you drink, the more you will be affected and the greater your judgement will be impaired. Remember, this is still a work event.
  5. Don’t say or do anything you’ll regret. The office party is not the occasion to let off steam about what might have been bothering you at work. Nor should you see it as a chance to gossip and spread rumours.
  6. Do be helpful to your co-workers. If you see that someone is overdoing it, step in and bail them out or try to take control. They’ll be grateful to you in the long run.

Office Christmas party guidelines for employers

All of the above advice applies to the management too, plus here are a few extras:

  1. Do make sure you have relevant HR policies and processes in place to deal with any situations that may arise: these could include accusations of sexual harassment, drug or alcohol abuse.
  2. Do remind all your staff – permanent, contract and temporary – that they are representing the company at the party, and should behave accordingly. You don’t want your brand or reputation damaged
  3. Do offer non-alcoholic drinks, and food, and – if you have under 18s in your team - ensure there is no underage drinking.

Following these simple steps won’t make you a party pooper. They will help you ensure you have a great time, with no worries about facing your colleagues on Monday morning.

And if, once Christmas is over, you’re thinking of a new career challenge for 2019, do get in touch with the team here at 24-7 Staffing.

 

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Published by Melody

7 months ago

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