Whether it’s an informal luncheon or a lavish after-hours party, most employers offer some type of holiday celebration for employees.
In fact, more than 83% of companies are planning on holding an office party this year, according to new research. As for what type of parties companies plan on having, 55% of parties will be on company property, and 52% will be during the workday.
While the annual holiday party is a great way to boost morale and thank employees for their hard work during the year, there are plenty of dangers to avoid.
1. Set some ground rules
Let employees know in advance what is and isn’t allowed for the party (without coming of as patronizing) and remind them they’re representing the company.
It’s also a good idea to let managers know they should be on the lookout for any type of misconduct during the party.
2. Remember the spouses
Making sure spouses are invited to the holiday party is a good idea for a number of reasons.
For one, it goes a long way toward preventing any type of bad behavior from employees. Plus, it helps bolster workers’ spouses good feeling about the company.
3. Leave work in the office
While it’s just certainly important to remain professional at the party, you may want to remind employees’ to avoid talking shop at the party.
Too much work-talk can ruin a party. Plus, if you’re serving booze, the mix of alcohol and company issues is a respite for disaster.