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Q: We have a date booked for our company Christmas Party, what should we do to make sure employees know the behaviour that is expected of them without ruining the spirit of celebration this time of year?
A: The Christmas season is certainly a busy time for various office parties and Christmas lunches or dinners out, with work colleagues and it’s a time where employers want to extend their appreciation for the hard work and commitment of the employees during the year. But of course, these events can sometimes lead on to issues that can arise Under the Employment Equality Acts 1998 – 2011, or the company Dignity at Work Policy. Employers have significant responsibilities for their employees’ health, safety and wellbeing at company events even when they are outside of the workplace, – or when the employee acts without the employer’s knowledge or approval.
It can be a good time to remind employees of the company’s various policies around code of conduct and expected behaviours. So, without dampening the spirits of the Christmas season or being the party pooper, it is good practice to circulate a note to all employees as a reminder of the importance of a shared expectation of respect and dignity at work related events, and for individual managers to follow up on this in their team meetings.
The policies that are important to communicate are:
- Dignity at Work Policy and Code of Ethics Statement
- Social Media in the Workplace Policy
- Disciplinary and Grievance Policy
- Prevention of Bullying and Harassment Policy
- Timekeeping and Attendance Policy
For further advice or information on company policies, please contract our Operations Manager Ingrid on 01 5252914 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and she’d be delighted to brief you further.