Employers host holiday parties for a variety of reasons and, sometimes, for no reason at all. The holidays are a time of increased stress, though, as well as cheer and merriment. Combine stressed employees, alcohol, and an event hosted outside of the office, and, wouldn’t you know it, a whole string of liabilities seem to pop up. Employers and employees alike can access a tremendous amount of resources without ever leaving the office.
Here are some posts from the blogosphere to get you started:
The Office Holiday Party In This Economy at the Job Bored talks about unusual reasons that you should attend your company’s holiday function this year.
Monster.com talks about the shift away from holiday parties towards charitable giving this year in Are Office Holiday Parties Appropriate in a Recession?
About.com’s F. John Reh advises readers How to Survive The Annual Holiday Party and, for the overachievers in the group, How You Can Really Shine At The Office Holiday Party.
- The California Employer’s Association gives sobering advice on what can happen if things aren’t all merry and bright at the corporate get-together in Professionalism and the Holiday Party.
- The Labor Law Center’s post, Employers Limit Liability at Holiday Parties, gives us some very serious (and somewhat extreme) examples of what can go really, really wrong at a company-sponsored party.
- George’s Employment Blawg maintains that the outlook isn’t as grim as we may think, at least not for small businesses in, Despite Economy, Small Businesses Plan Holiday Parties.
- Connecticut Employment Law Blog and Pennsylvania Labor & Employment Blog each have posts on how to manage this year’s corporate holiday festivities written from the legal perspective in Holiday Office Parties: What Issues Should an Employer Be Considering? and Managing the Holiday Cheer at this Year’s Office Party.
- The U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Working Partners provides tips for how to help to ensure a safe and sober workplace party.