As the financial year sprints to the end, a lot of employees will be looking forward to the much awaited ‘end of financial year’ party. While this is a great way for employees to take a breath after the year that was, it can become a testing time for HR staff when last drinks are called.
To help minimise or avoid poor behaviour at your work function, here are six top tips from Worklogic’s Associate Director, Jason Clark.
1. Remind employees about what constitutes unacceptable behaviour and the consequences for such behaviour prior to the event.
2. Encourage employees to look after one another (the buddy-buddy system).
3. Consider the venue and reaffirm the organisation’s commitment to the responsible consumption of alcohol to the bar staff.
4. Limit the type of alcohol (avoiding spirits) and how long it will be available. Make sure you offer low alcohol options and soft drinks.
5. Provide food throughout the party, not just at the beginning.
6. Provide a means of getting to the venue and home at the end of the night.
Finally, if there is an incident, deal with it as soon as possible.
Everyone enjoys a party and the tips above are not designed to curb the fun. Rather, they are meant to provide an environment where everyone can enjoy themselves safely, and with regard for others. At the end of the day, it isn’t meant to be a frat party.
About Jason Clark
Jason Clark is Worklogic’s Associate Director, based in Sydney.
Jason has extensive experience as a workplace investigator, investigating a range of issues including bullying, harassment, sexual misconduct and fraud. He has also assisted numerous organisations develop strategies to minimise poor behaviour and encourage a positive workplace culture.
Prior to joining Worklogic, Jason was Joint Investigation Office Commander for the Australian Defence Force Investigative Service. Acting as mentor and leader, Jason managed a team of investigators in a dynamic environment, handling complex cases.
For more advice, please email Jason or give him a call on (02) 9152 8706.
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Please note: these tips have been provided as guidance only and should not be taken as legal advice.