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by Michael Bell on Dec 10, 2015

Best Practices Holiday Parties

In the next two to three weeks, most companies will be holding their company holiday parties, and with that will come a lot of risk. Without the appropriate precautionary measures, legal consequences can quickly dampen the festive nature of these company-sponsored events. With the growth of social media, that last thing you want is a picture of yourself dancing on the table posted on YouTube, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Also, almost 40 percent of all holiday traffic fatalities involve alcohol. Here are a few thoughts as you start planning for your company event.

Do Some Pre Planning

  • Make it clear that employees are not required to attend as a condition of their employment.
  • Remind employees of your harassment policy.
  • Remind employees that the company policies apply to events outside of the normal work hours.
  • Don’t have gift exchanges, they never work. If you must, gifts should be business and family appropriate.   

Reduce Your Risk By

  • Do not conduct business at the company party.
  • Do ever have an open bar, always use a restaurant or licensed bar tender.
  • Provide alternative transportation options.
  • Offer food and alternatives to alcohol.
  • Card everyone who attends.
  • You can limit drinks by using a vouchers or ticket systems.
  • Do not hang mistletoe, ever.
  • Invite spouses and even other family members. 


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