Christmas Parties and HR
Throughout the festive season, many of you will have organised office parties, functions with clients and other events to celebrate the year coming to an end. Whether the event is onsite at your workplace or booked for a function centre, social functions like these are considered to be work related. Consequently, there are potential legal repercussions and pitfalls employers (and even employees) need to be mindful of.
No one wants to be the Christmas Grinch however there are some legal repercussions you should be mindful of, including claims of harassment, bullying, discrimination and workers compensation. The good news is that by following some key steps you can minimise the risks of any unwanted behaviour.
Before the event there are a number of steps you can take to ensure everyone is on the same page when it comes to behaviour at work functions. These include the following:
You can minimise potential party issues in the way you plan the event, by following these guidelines:
While these events are a time to celebrate the year gone by and enjoy the festive season, they do carry some risks to your business. It is important to have fun and not to take the festive spirit out of your workplace functions – just make sure you have taken the appropriate steps to minimise the risk of post function claims.