The office Christmas party is often the one time of year when all employees are brought together in a social environment, usually with liberal amounts of alcohol thrown into the mix.
Generally, the outcome is positive; colleagues get to know one another, make friends, and harmony is promoted. That is not, however, always the result. Sometimes long-harboured acrimony towards a co-worker is released like a foul-mouthed party-popper in front of shocked onlookers. The ‘new guy’, may imbibe some ‘liquid courage’ to face the evening and end up ‘twerking’ against the Managing Director, or staff may engage in the ‘creative’ use of the photocopier, a Christmas party classic. In fact, it has been reported that 9 out of 10 employers have experienced an employment issue arising from a Christmas party, and 1 in 10 employees knows someone that has been disciplined or dismissed for an incident connected to the office festive celebration.
Here are our top tips to help ensure the Christmas party goes swimmingly and you do not end up in front of an Employment Tribunal in 2014: