Work Christmas parties can be lots of fun. They provide a space for employees to get to know one another and bond, which can be great for morale. The problem is that they can also create a situation that opens people up to safety hazards and misconduct. Maintain a safe environment during the silly season by following these guidelines for work Christmas parties.
- Make Sure Everyone Knows Workplace Policies
Brush up on workplace policies. Training should include everything from harassment and behaviour to social media. This will ensure that everyone understands their limitations when it comes to party conduct and online sharing.
- Choose a Safe Venue for Your Celebration
Choose a safe venue for your work Christmas party. Even if you are celebrating off-site, Occupational Health and Safety legislation states that the area becomes a workplace and is subject to the same rules and regulations. The venue should have toilets, fire exits, and offer a capacity that can handle your guest list.
- Serve Alcohol Legally & In Moderation
Alcohol should only be served by someone who has a valid Responsible Service of Alcohol licence in a venue that is also licensed for adult beverages. Designate drinking areas and provide plenty of non-alcoholic options. Some employers choose not to serve alcohol at all.
- Set a Clear Start and End Time for the Event
Define a start and end time for your work Christmas party and make sure it is clearly posted. This will ensure that the event doesn’t extend late into the evening when people become tired or drink more before heading home.
- Share Information on After-Party Transportation
Provide information on local transportation options like taxis. You aren’t required to supply these services, but letting guests know about them can help. Some employees may even be willing to arrange carpools with designated drivers to reduce the risk of an accident while travelling home.
The best work Christmas parties are the ones that balance fun with safety. Contact us to learn more about company events and employer responsibility.