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Keep Employees Safe at Your Workplace Holiday Party

Workplace holiday parties are a time for merriment — but no one’s spirits will be bright if alcohol or drug abuse ruins the evening!

While we think that it’s important to allow your employees to blow off some steam and enjoy themselves during the holiday season, serving alcohol at your office party can be a risk.

Here are some alternatives to the typical boozy bash that will still keep your workers happy these holidays!

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Office Safety Tips: Hosting a Holiday Party

December 13, 2013 4 comments

Your office holiday party is a time for your employees to let loose, celebrate the year’s accomplishments, and relax and bond with their coworkers. As an employer or HR manager, you should also allow yourself to enjoy the festivities. But it’s also your responsibility to ensure that your employees are safe during and directly after your office holiday party.

This doesn’t mean that you have to be a Scrooge and cancel the holiday party altogether, enforce strict rules, or take away the alcohol. Here are some office safety tips to implement in before upcoming festivities.

Office Safety Tips: Hosting a Holiday Party

Review Company Policies

One of the most important office safety tips is to review your company policies before planning your holiday party. As the employer or HR manager, it’s your job to make sure that your gathering adheres to the policies, and that you’re aware of employee conduct codes so that you can enforce them at the event. Likewise, you should review your company policies with your employees so that they’re aware of how they should behave, even at an after-hours work-sponsored event. You should not only review alcohol and substance abuse policies, but also sexual harassment policies, as the alcohol and the relaxed environment of a holiday party could lead to sexual harassment. Follow these office safety tips and your employees will think before they act at your holiday party!

Make it Voluntary

You want all your employees to have fun at your holiday party — but keep in mind that you can’t make it a required event. Some employees may be uncomfortable at an event with alcohol, particularly if they have struggled with alcohol abuse in the past. Some people might have religious beliefs that prevent them from celebrating holidays. You don’t want your employees to feel bullied into participation. Stress to everyone that the holiday party will be a fun event, but it’s completely optional.

Handling Alcohol

Worcester, MA | Office Safety Tips: Hosting a Holiday PartyAlcohol can contribute to safety issues at your holiday party. To lessen your employees’ risk of injury or extreme intoxication, hire professional bartenders to work your event. They can cut off service to attendees who are intoxicated. You can also distribute drink tickets to your employees to limit their alcohol intake at the holiday party. You should also serve heavier foods so that your employees won’t drink on an empty stomach. Try surveying your employees on their favorite holiday party foods so that your menu is a success.

Have Taxi Numbers Handy

At the end of your holiday party, safe transportation should be a major concern. Have taxi numbers on hand so that you can easily arrange rides for intoxicated employees. If your employees brought a sober driver as a guest, make sure that they are actually sober. You don’t want your employees to get in a car accident after your holiday party!

To learn more office safety tips for hosting a great holiday party or to get professional drug and alcohol testing administered at your business, contact ARCpoint Labs of Worcester today at (774) 314-9551.

Keep your Holiday Party Professional

December 1, 2011 1 comment
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Drinking at your Holiday Party? Here are a few things to consider...

Oh the office party. The stories of the crazy guy in IT getting wasted. Or the quiet office administrator who has moves you’ve never seen. Or even the date that the sales guy happened to bring. You can barely live with them, yet often times, you can’t really afford to live without them. Not attending the office party makes a statement – whether you like it or not. So if you will be ringing in the holidays alongside your coworkers (or employees) this holiday season, here are some recommendations coming from a guy who sees a lot of drug and alcohol testing in the workplace, and people losing their jobs over drug and alcohol abuse.

Should you Have Alcohol At Your Holiday Party?

Quite the dilemma for the HR manager and party planner. Especially when you have a drug and alcohol-free policy in place, and you’re committed to keeping it that way. Yet, for some reason when the twinkling lights come on and the jingle bells start ringing, that strict adherence isn’t quite so easy. So what do you do?

While I typically stick to testing for drugs and alcohol, here’s some advice on what I’d do if I were an HR manager trying to make this decision on whether or not to serve alcohol at my office party:

  • Evaluate my line of business.
    Your decision will greatly be influenced by your employees and the type of work you do. Office setting where every employee is age 21+? Maybe. Employ a lot of teens, or can’t risk any drug or alcohol use because of safety concerns on the job? Absolutely Not. That’s just for me… and what I’d recommend.
  • Pick A Smart Time & Place.
    The location you choose will also really impact your decision on whether to have alcohol at your holiday party. If it’s at the evening and at a restaurant or someone’s home – it may be unavoidable. I’d say if you want to do everything in your power to stop employee drinking, schedule your party during office hours, at the office.
  • Keep Things Professional.
    I realize that those who we work alongside each day feel like family. After all, we spend hours together. However, it’s important to remember they’re not family (at least for most people.) So, whatever you do, keep the party professional. Common sense says hosting a party at a bar or club with drinks and music will open up the night for possible unwanted activity. Planning a party that’s at a more quiet, professional setting – even including drink tickets to minimize drinking if you choose to serve alcohol – is likely to be less troublesome.

Those are just a few thoughts from someone who works with a lot of Worcester businesses for drug and alcohol testing. For more advice, check out some of these commentaries:

Surviving the Company Party

To Drink or Not To Drink?

Booze at the Holiday Party?