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12 Top Tips to Ensure your Christmas Party doesn’t leave you with a Major Headache!

Posted by Tracy Powley 17/11/15

Office PartyAs many of us start looking forward to the festive celebrations, HR Managers up and down the country will be dreading the minefield which is the office Christmas Party!

There is such a fine line between allowing people to “let their hair down a bit” and displaying behaviour that can be “inappropriate”  and even offensive. 

So how do you ensure everyone enjoys themselves, without anyone overstepping the mark?

The most important thing is to talk to the team; hold a discussion to outline what your expectations are of everyone during the party (even if you have a code of conduct or dignity at work policy, people often seem to think it excludes the Christmas bash!)

Here are our Top 12 tips to get you going...

  1. Know your limits when drinking alcohol and don’t over-do it
  2. Don't encourage colleagues and especially younger, less experienced team members to drink more
  3. Remind team members that unwanted physical attention is inappropriate and potentially harassment
  4. Don't raise conversations around issues that have caused concern in the team or with an individual – this is not the time or place
  5. Don't let any one person become the butt of jokes - share it around!
  6. Don't pick events which exclude some team members or could offend.  If you have concerns ask the person discreetly 
  7. Don't pick events which will stretch team member's budgets; pick something that everyone can afford, if people are paying themselves
  8. If some team members don't want to or can’t attend, don't tease them or make them feel isolated
  9. Don't have a team meeting as part of the event unless everyone in the team can attend; have it before the party starts
  10. Don't keep referring to what happened at the party for months afterwards – for example don’t keep harking back to incidents or using nicknames coined at the party, which people really may not want
  11. If someone does get drunk or misbehaves, deal with it appropriately and then move the team on...don't let it "pass into folklore"
  12. Have a good time...but not at anyone else’s expense!  

For more support in dealing with difficult or inappropriate behaviour at work or to see how we have helped other organisations resolve some tricky situations call us on 01903 732 782 or email us for a confidential chat.

Tracy Powley
Tracy Powley

Stella Chandler and I founded Focal Point on a shared belief that a training course run in isolation doesn't work. We passionately believe there must be support both before and after the training or coaching session itself for it to make a difference. When I am not facilitating sessions with clients or looking at ways to grow the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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