Christmas at Work

Emma DavisPosted 10 December 2017 By Emma Davis, HR Consultant In Human Resources


Some company policies have strict rules to manage the Christmas period and it helps so everyone is clear about managing their holiday, during what is sometimes a busy period for employers.

It may be helpful to advertise well in advance the Christmas shutdown, for example, so employees can plan ahead.

Encouraging holiday bookings throughout the year helps with employees staying refreshed and being used to managing their holiday effectively.

Christmas Day and Boxing Day fall on a Monday and Tuesday respectively this year.

Sickness Absence

The usual company policy and procedures should apply during this period including managing any absenteeism either side of the work Christmas party!

Conduct at Christmas Parties

The work Christmas party is traditionally the time to relax and enjoy each other’s company without the constraints of work.

Reminding employees of appropriate behaviour hopefully won’t be something that’s needed, but it’s worth bearing in mind should you be faced with a situation the following Monday morning to investigate! Instances of misconduct and harassment can arise from events which can add to the workload afterwards.

At client-attended events, it’s important for employees to have clear guidance on their behaviour.

A few funnies….

A quick summary of findings from a survey conducted by Instantprint, a UK online printer:
• HR were the most nervous about going into work the day after, followed by IT
• Those in the North East are apparently the hardiest party-people
• Those in the South-West most regret telling secrets about co-workers
• 31% of those who started a relationship at the party is still with their partner!

To discuss this or anything else please contact Emma Davis on 01793 818300 or send her an email.

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