In the thick of office Christmas party season, our commercial director, Jason Bailey, was doing the media rounds advising what to do and what not to do at the end-of-year bash.
- DO allow yourself to have fun but remember it is still a work function
- DO mix up your drinking between alcohol and water
- DO look out for colleagues who may have lost count of their drinks and help them get back on track
- DO make yourself aware of potential implications from bad behaviour at the office Christmas party — it is not the time to take risks!
- DO turn up! It’s held for culture, engagement and celebration!
- DO NOT engage in overtly public affection with colleagues
- DO NOT hassle managers with your brilliant ideas for the company or pay rises — it is not the time and place
- DO NOT stick with your normal work group — mingle with those you don’t usually mingle with
- DO NOT leave transport to chance
- DO NOT get involved in morning after office gossip. If it doesn’t involve you, you don’t need to be involved!
You can listen to his interview with Triple M’s Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire, Luke Darcy & Mick Malloy.
According to recent statistics, 45 percent of people will undertake behaviour at an office Christmas party that they regret the next day.
Whilst Christmas parties are a time for colleagues to kick back and enjoy each other’s company outside of work, the office Christmas party is still by law considered to be a workplace. Therefore, any inappropriate behaviour at such functions will be dealt with according to workplace laws, including sexual harassment, bullying and occupational health & safety.
Hence, during this time, it becomes even more important for both employees and employers to understand their rights and responsibilities to avoid litigation.
At Learning Seat, there are a number of compliance courses available in the areas of sexual harassment, bullying and OH&S issues, which are currently on offer for companies wanting to ensure their workers are well educated in what improper behaviour is and what constitutes a breach of the law.
Advice for Employees
The office Christmas party is still a work function. Consider what you would and wouldn’t do in the workplace and apply this to how you behave at your Christmas function.
Advice for Employers
Employers have a duty of care to their employees to ensure a safe event. Thus, the ideal action to undertake to reduce legal liability is to brief your employees on what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour before the party and to outline the potential implications of poor behaviour to your staff.