It’s that time of year again. We’ve officially entered the ‘work holiday party’ season. There’s a reason to celebrate and thank each other for a hard year’s work. But it’s important that the opportunity to let loose doesn’t take you too far!
Inappropriate behaviour can lead to all sorts of workplace incidents and harassment complaints, stemming from poor planning, execution and may even create work health and safety issues. That’s why it’s crucial your workers know How to Behave at Work Parties.
Avoid this trifecta of potential holiday party pitfalls at all costs!
Don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with these 7 tips to safely celebrate your work holiday party.
1. Mingle and jingle – network with integrity.
Remember the aim of an end of year party is to celebrate. Most organisations will use this occasion to promote team building and encourage cooperation between workers. But don’t forget to deliver a timely reminder about behavioural expectations before the holiday party gets underway. The party’s no excuse to let your manners and Workplace Ethics fall by the wayside. Whether it’s a team lunch on a sunny rooftop, or a black tie affair in a downtown hotel, remember you’re at a work function.
2. Drink (in moderation) and be merry!
Look, nobody’s saying it isn’t important to get away from the office and get to know each other in a more relaxed setting. But keep tabs on drinking. Alcohol and work are an unhealthy mix and drinking in excess can lead to personal injury, sexual harassment or discrimination incidents. Best avoided! Ask us about our new Drugs and Alcohol at Work training and remember, drink in moderation at your holiday party.
3. Stay Classy – keep it professional.
While this is the festive season and time to celebrate the year, don’t forget there’s a danger of undoing a hard year’s work. Keep your name off the naughty list by staying classy. This isn’t the time to ask for that pay rise or to wear something you wouldn’t wear into the office. Steer clear of posting pics from the holiday party on social media, too. What you might think is hilarious is humiliating for someone else. Maybe your workers could brush up on how to use Social Media at work?
4. Cater consciously – don’t dismiss dietary requests.
The holiday party should be all-inclusive! Make sure there’s a wide range on non-alcoholic drinks, and you meet everyone’s religious, cultural and medical dietary requirements. Diversity and Inclusion always has a role to play, so keep it in mind.
5. Give everyone easy access (to venues and transport!)
First up, make sure everyone can access the holiday party – that means ensuring easy access for workers with disabilities. Practice Anti-discrimination, because no-one should miss out! Then making sure everyone can get home safe should be a top priority. Either arrange transport, let people know how they can get to stations and stops safely, or arrange for licensed taxis to get them all home safe and sound.
6. Play safe – take WHS seriously.
Employers have the privilege and responsibility of assessing the risk for their work holiday party. Don’t skimp on this – worker safety should be a priority. Don’t worry, we’ve got plenty of resources and training for raising awareness of work health and safety to help you on this one!
7. Don’t let ‘Ho, Ho, Ho’ turn into ‘No, No, No’! Make sure everyone knows what the workplace is.
That’s right. Make sure everyone knows this one or come 2019, you might be dealing with some Sexual Harassment incidents. Luckily we’ve worked together with law firm Lander & Rogers to create this fun ‘lil video that breaks it down for you. It’s also a sneak peek from our latest refresher training suite, Top-Ups, so enjoy!
From everyone at Litmos, we want to wish you the happiest of holidays!
Get in touch with us if you’d like some advice or training around How to Behave at Work Parties, or if you’d like to see more of our refresher training in WHS, Sexual Harrassment, Anti-discrimination or Social Media and Electronic Communication!