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ONE TOO MANY AT THE OFFICE PARTY? FEELING SHEEPISH?

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 done. 

So, with Christmas fast approaching, how do you ensure your office party antics don't hit the headlines when your employees hit the booze? 

We've put together a list of things employers should consider to ensure a safe and trouble-free Christmas party: 

  • Remind employees in advance what your expectations of their behaviour are. Consider sending copies of any relevant policies to staff.
  • Ensure plenty of food and non-alcoholic beverages are available.
  • 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.

Written by Shima Grice at 13:00

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