Tis the Season: Office Christmas Party Tips and Traps

Taryn Heinrich

Christmas Parties are in full swing and are a great opportunity to celebrate the year and upcoming festive season with your staff and colleagues.

These parties are a time to acknowledge the hard work and achievements of the team over the past year whilst providing everyone with a chance to unwind and enjoy each other’s company in a less formal setting. Whilst the purpose of the party is for everyone to relax and let their hair down, they can often present potential pitfalls when it comes to HR. In order to ensure you have a smooth and trouble free event, here are some important reminders to communicate to all staff before the champagne bottles start to be popped.

Don’t engage in inappropriate conduct
: Remember that the Christmas party is still a work-related event. Avoid any behaviour that could be considered harassment or inappropriate, whether its comments, jokes or physical contact

Don’t overindulge: Excessive drinking can lead to poor judgement and inappropriate behaviour. Remember that you are still representing your workplace, and actions at the party can have professional consequences

Don’t discriminate or exclude
: Ensure that all employees feel included and welcome. Avoid discriminatory behaviour or comments that could make others uncomfortable or feel left out

Don’t engage in gossip
: Avoid discussing sensitive workplace matters or gossiping about colleagues. Loose talk at the party can lead to HR issues and strained relationships

Adhere to the dress code:
While Christmas parties may have a more relaxed atmosphere, it’s important to adhere to any specified dress code. Inappropriate attire can lead to discomfort among colleagues.

Be mindful of gift choices:
If there’s a gift exchange or secret Santa, choose a gift that is appropriate for the workplace. Avoid anything that could be considered offensive or inappropriate.

Be cautious with social media
: Avoid posting anything on social media that could reflect poorly on yourself or the company. Consider the potential professional implications before sharing party photos or posting any comments

Avoid discussing work grievances:
The Christmas party is not the time to air workplace grievances. Keep the conversation positive and focused on enjoying the festive atmosphere

Remember the key is to strike a balance between having a good time and maintaining a professional atmosphere. Encourage everyone to relax and enjoy the festivities while being mindful of their conduct. These reminders can contribute to a positive and unproblematic Christmas party.

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About The Author
Taryn Heinrich

Taryn’s passion is working with businesses and individuals to bring out their best. Taryn developed her HR generalist skills working on investigations, strategic planning, employment contracts, and developing and implementing HR policies and procedures.

Working closely with your business and employees, Taryn has a distinctive talent for setting people up with the tools they need to do their job safely and helping your business operate successfully. If you need help with anything HR related, Taryn is your go-to person!

On the weekend, you’ll find Taryn spending time with her family and friends – she’s always the first to arrive and the last to leave.

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