For many companies the arrangements will be well underway for festive celebrations. These events provide an excellent opportunity to congratulate staff for their achievements and to recognise employees' efforts during a difficult year for businesses.
Whilst the majority of events will go smoothly and everyone involved will have a good time, employers need to be aware of the potential pitfalls of the party season.
Employment legislation is there to protect employees from discrimination or unfair treatment. Therefore employers need to ensure that they protect themselves from claims relating to harassment or bullying.
Top tips for managing the festivities:
It is important to leave staff in no doubt as to what is and is not acceptable behaviour. Most importantly, make sure you follow a fair disciplinary process with those who behave inappropriately.
By choosing an appropriate venue, entertainment, moderating alcohol consumption and taking into consideration the needs of the employer and employee, your event will be a big success.
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