Navigating the festive season
With the year quickly coming to a close and the festive season almost on our doorstep many of you will be busy preparing for client and staff functions. These events are a time to celebrate and let your hair down however businesses need to be mindful of the legal risks that arise from holding work-related functions.
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:
The holiday season is a great time to reward your employees and clients with an end of year celebration, so it’s important not to take the fun out of the festivities. However by planning your event carefully and addressing any issues which arise during the function you can save yourself the legal “hangover” and still enjoy the festive season.
Article by Danica Burns