Christmas party

Remind Staff of Acceptable Christmas Party Behaviour, warn Business Groups

Businesses can reduce the risk of tribunal claims in the New Year by reminding staff about acceptable behaviour ahead of workplace Christmas parties, the Forum of Private Business (FPB) has said. FPB spokesman, Chris Gorman, said that small business owners should lay down ground rules now to prevent disputes and potential tribunal cases. “Many owner-managers don’t realise, but a lot of the legislation which they have to adhere to during the working day applies just as equally to Christmas parties, and ignoring it could lead to costly and time-consuming legal issues.” “Suggestive gifts and party games could easily lead down the dangerous path to a tribunal, while hard drinking could spark arguments and fights, leaving employers with tricky disciplinary issues to deal with ... »

Work Xmas Party

Festive spirit at smaller firms

The majority of small firms are going ahead with Christmas parties this year, but the financial crisis is forcing big business to cut back on their annual festivities, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Research from the CIPD revealed 82% of businesses with fewer than 50 staff will have a Christmas lunch or party this year, compared with only 42% of companies with between 1,000 and 4,999 employees. CIPD reward adviser Charles Cotton said: “Throwing a Christmas party can help boost morale if it is done properly. It sends out a message that the business cares about its employees and wants to recognise their efforts.” “Smaller organisations have less funds and so aren’t able to give some of the perks that the bigger businesses can... »