It is that time of year again. Now that we have cleared Thanksgiving, we are into the homestretch to Christmas and the New Year. As they say -- "Tis the Season". Well it is the season for the annual holiday party or in some circles a series of parties until the holidays are gone. Before your company holds its holiday party, take a quick review of this post and make sure you are all set in the HR office.
1. Be careful with the alcohol. If you are going to serve alcohol do your best to apply some sane limits upon your partygoers. And by all means make sure that before you turn off the lights and send everyone home that you have taken care of providing some form of transportation to those that failed to limit themselves.
2. It's a great time to shine some light on your productive work environment policy (anti-harassment). For those that serve alcohol (see #1 above), harassment concerns may rear their ugly heads at the holiday party. And while everyone else is having a good time, keep your eye out for problems in this area and step in before it gets past the point of no return.
3. If you have employees involved in any of the setting up or cleaning up beware of wage and hour rules. Remember, employees are not volunteers.
4. Do your best to keep the various religious references out of the holiday party. Remember, your employee group is diverse and what might be acceptable to one could offend another.
Keeping an eye on these little things prior to, or during, the holiday party can help avoid bigger problems once the party is over. Try to remember that you are not Scrooge, but you might be a close cousin.