Your Business and the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, so it is imperative that your business proactively address this holiday season positively. There are some essential issues to keep in mind for your management and human resource team. You don’t want to be put in a situation where someone’s religious beliefs are put on the spot or the rules you have in place are abused. Below are some tips to help you with your holiday business parties.

  • Make sure your employees understand your policies regarding alcohol. You may not want to eliminate alcohol completely at your holiday party, so handing each employee a couple of tickets to limit their drinks may be a good idea. You will also want to cut off the serving of alcohol well before the end of the party and provide coffee and desserts to help those who have consumed alcohol during the party.
  • Ensure employees understand what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior. The workplace always has a potential of business being mixed with pleasure. Mix in a little alcohol, and that increases the chances of inappropriate behavior. Be sure your event doesn’t include situations that encourage anything romantic.
  • Tell your executives what you expect of them. Remind them that they must model what you want others to follow and what behaviors are acceptable and unacceptable to you. You should have your human resource department send around an employee conduct reminder as well just to make sure your bases are covered.
  • Tread carefully when it comes to religion at your event. Yes, your company can celebrate the holidays. It is not a good idea, though to allow anyone in your company to turn your event into a religious observation and pray or suggest a theology. Doing this may put you in a place of making assumptions about your employee’s personal beliefs. This is where a company can get in trouble for religious discrimination.

There are many things to consider when planning an event for the holidays. Just remember the tips above to make it a great time for everyone involved.