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It’s that time again – the season of the Christmas party! A time for staff to let their hair down, dress up and enjoy a night of fun and frivolity.
These events are a great way to say thank you at the end of the year and getting together when everyone is relaxed outside of the office environment is perfect for strengthening that team spirit.
But sadly, it’s not all glitter balls and fizz! There is a lot of organising to do before the party which can put a lot of strain on managers and business owners trying to make sure the evening goes smoothly.
And with everyone armed with a camera, memorable moments will be captured and more than likely be shared on social media. It’s not a case of ‘what happens at an office party, stays at an office party’ anymore so it pays to remind staff about party etiquette without sounding like a party pooper.
Before effective planning starts it is key to have a clear idea on what the office party is to achieve. There are some considerations to be addressed which will affect the theme, venue and the budget:
Think about logistics
In an ideal world, everyone will be free the day of the party and be able to attend, the venue will be perfect and lifts home won’t be a problem. Sadly, reality is often a far cry from this scenario.
Here are some issues to consider for the perfect event:
This is an area which needs a lot of thought. While offering a ‘free bar’ can be seen as incredibly generous it can also lead to problems.
Avoiding HR challenges
How does your company handle multiple holiday requests around the time of the Christmas party? What happens when staff fail to turn up to work the day after? How is a case of inappropriate behaviour handled?
We strongly recommend that you put in place policies and processes to prevent these issues arising in the first place. It is also important to note that The Equality Act 2010 states that employers are liable for acts of discrimination, harassments and victimisation carried out by their employees in the course of employment, unless they can demonstrate that they have taken reasonable steps to prevent these acts.
One final word from P3 People Management
Have fun everyone and stay safe!
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If your organisation requires HR support before or after your Christmas party, please do not hesitate to contact us on 0161 941 2426.
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