This season can be a tricky time in the workplace as many companies are considering throwing office holiday parties. In part one of this two part series, we introduce 5 tips for any employer, manager or employee planning a gathering for their coworkers. These five pieces of advice are sure to help in the planning and execution of a successful employee experience for all.
1. Don’t host at home.
Hosting a party at home will likely increase your chances of being liable if any issue arises throughout the party or directly following. Consider having the holiday party in a location outside of the office and away from your home, and always hire third party professionals for catering purposes. This will reduce your risks of being held personally responsible for any incidents involving your coworkers and guests that are out of your control.
2. Be culturally sensitive.
Especially throughout the holidays, it is important to remain inclusive and accepting of every employee’s diverse religious and cultural background both in and out of the office. This is an important concept to keep in mind to avoid any potential discrimination claims later down the line. Don’t limit the activities to those surrounding Christmas, but rather include a wide array of holidays various cultures celebrate throughout the entire season.
3. Have a variety of food and drink options.
If you plan on having alcohol available at the holiday event, consider limiting it to beer and wine or a limited cash bar. Keep in mind that not every employee will feel comfortable drinking with coworkers even if you are away from the office. For this reason, it is important to have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages readily available with appropriate food pairings as well.
4. Recommend a dress code.
Chances are good that your employees will know the difference between good and bad wardrobe choices at a work related event, but just in case, it is a good idea to imply a flexible dress code with guidelines for what will be considered appropriate for the holiday party.
5. Provide transportation.
If there will be alcohol present at the gathering, consider issuing taxi vouchers or offering a free shuttle service for the night. The safety of your employees and coworkers should always be priority number one.
Be sure to check back next week as we delve deeper into holiday office gatherings and address the do’s and don’ts of mingling with your coworkers this season.
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