You may recall that taxpayers were left to foot the bill for
$700 worth of damage to a model sheep at the Ministry for Business,
Innovation and Employment's Christmas party last year -we will draw
the line at speculating how that damage may have been
So, with Christmas fast approaching, how do you ensure your
office party antics don't hit the headlines when your employees hit
We've put together a list of things employers
should consider to ensure a safe and trouble-free Christmas
- Remind employees in advance what your expectations of their
behaviour are. Consider sending copies of any relevant policies to
- Ensure plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages are
- Instruct bar staff not to serve intoxicated staff members.
- Encourage collective responsibility, i.e. make employees
responsible for their colleagues (particularly in relation to
alcohol consumption and behaviour).
- Prohibit work vehicles being taken to functions unless the
driver is a dedicated sober driver.
- Arrange for safe transport home.
Remember: it's a celebration! A little prior
planning should ensure a stress-free event for everyone.