Did you know that a work party is still considered part of the ‘workplace’ for the purpose of workplace health and safety (WHS) obligations? Even if held at the local pub, a Christmas or end of year party is considered a workplace function.
As a business owner, you’re responsible for the safety of your employees at the party location.
Here are 7 tips to help you and your employees celebrate safely:
1. Review your workplace policies
2. Remind employees of their responsibilities
Send an email reminding your employees that:
- the start and finish times of your party and that any activities after this time are not considered an extension of the party
- while the party is a time to relax, it’s still a work function. The usual rules still apply, including those around harassment, discrimination and bullying
- your social media policies apply at the party. Encourage people to get permission from their colleagues before posting on social media.
3. Limit the amount of alcohol
4. Check the venue before the party
5. Think about transport for your employees
6. Nominate someone to manage the party
7. Have gift guidelines
It’s fun to run party games like Secret Santa with your employees. However, it’s good to be mindful that’s what’s funny to one person can be offensive to another.
Keep your gifts above board by providing some guidelines and asking employees to be respectful and mindful of bullying, discrimination and harassment policies.