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Are you dreading what might rear its head at the Christmas party again this year?

Posted by Tracy Powley 29/11/16

Office PartyHow did last year’s Christmas party go? Did one of the team decide to have a very heartfelt conversation with their manager about their management style? Did a senior manager overstep the mark with a female colleague? Did someone’s idea of a bit of a laugh tip into racist jokes? (These are all real incidents by the way).

These kinds of alcohol-fuelled situations happen up and down the country as we head into the festive season, but how many organisations deal with them? It’s so easy in the moment to excuse this kind of behaviour as a one off, people just letting their hair down, albeit in an ill-judged way. But with any behaviour which oversteps the mark, if we don’t address it, it is likely to recur.

So if you are finding yourself dreading the work Christmas party this year, for a fear of a repeat performance, it’s time to act!

  • Talk to everyone about expected behaviour (with a specific reminder that off-site does not mean exemption from normal standards of behaviour).
  • If any behaviour does cross the line, address it, no matter how senior the person involved. Having a difficult conversation in a timely way, should ensure you can look forward to next year's party, rather than approach it with trepidation.

See also our 12 top tips to ensure your Christmas party doesn’t leave you with a headache! Or have a look at how we can help you manage inappropriate behaviour at work, no matter what time of year!

Please call us on 01903 732 782 for a confidential discussion about how we can help support you in managing tricky people issues at work, email us or contact us.

Tracy Powley
Tracy Powley

The way we behave towards each other in the workplace has a direct impact on individual wellbeing, team performance and organisational results. This belief has underpinned our work at Focal Point for over 20 years and has never been more relevant. We are privileged to work with a huge variety of organisations wanting to get workplace behaviour and culture right - and to tackle the inappropriate behaviour that may get in the way of this. Supported by our fantastic team of facilitators and coaches, we are able to make a real difference to peoples’ lives as well as organisational performance. Having worked in both large businesses at management level and in 2 start ups at director level, I am able to combine hands on experience of growing and managing teams - and the associated challenges in creating the right culture - with over 20 years in learning and development. I hold the Certificate in Training Practice and am a member of CIPD. When I am not supporting clients or developing the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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