- I personally love everything about this season! From the sing along music in the shops to the hope that we will finally have a white Christmas and best of all munching on the heart-warming traditional delights. But let’s face it when it comes to the work Christmas party, us HR folk are seen as the equivalent of Ebenezer Scrooge!
- Whether you have had your Christmas party planned for months or you are still putting together the final touches, there a few headaches that we all want to avoid! So what can you do to escape the potential perils of the Xmas do?
Now this type of approach might keep doom-mongers satisfied but it won’t do anything for staff morale. Ultimately the work Christmas party is an opportunity to thank employees for their hard work over the year and help to build relationships within teams. So we say this year don’t be Scrooge but instead be a guardian angel to your employees. Keep calm and give a few helpful tips to ensure that the night is remembered for the right reasons:
· Remind everyone of the acceptable standards of behaviour that need to be adhered to.
· Remind staff in advance that unauthorised absence following the party will be dealt with in accordance with the organisation’s policies.
· Cater for the needs of everyone as far as possible and try to select a venue that encourages everyone to attend. In particular ensure that the food and drink available meets any religious/cultural requirements.
· Welcome and encourage all to attend but parties should be non-compulsory. If you are having a ‘do’ in work time it is acceptable to expect those not coming to hold the fort but be mindful of your lone working policies and ensure that support is in place where required.
· If areas of work need to be covered then speak to staff about the best and fairest way of arranging this, ensuring that it is not always the same people covering every year – unless they offer to!
Don’t get carried away with rules and regulations, wish your staff a Merry Christmas and have fun!