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The Staff Party: Mistletoe and other dilemmas

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It’s party season! But before you deck the halls and hang up the mistletoe, have you thought about how your teams behave on work related social nights out?

 

All overseas staff who have been here for some time will be more than familiar with the works Christmas Party, but spare a thought for new employees who are about to enjoy a Christmas abroad for the first time. Here are a few seasonal questions you might want to consider.

 

What’s Secret Santa?

Christmas traditions can be a minefield if you’re new to the UK. It’s a good idea to buddy up new team members with a colleague who can explain the ins and outs of local Christmas traditions, including kissing under the mistletoe.

 

Kissing?

Become familiar with your company policies around social behaviour in a work environment or work social event. It’s also necessary to update managers and HR on both UK law and your own policies on sexual harassment. If there isn’t a policy about work related events, then it’s not too late to create one. It might also be useful to send a statement to employees ahead of the Christmas party giving expectations of employee behaviour.

 

Do I have to go?

Bear in mind that not all overseas staff will be overjoyed at the prospect of a traditional staff night out. Why not organise an alternative celebration - visiting a Christmas Fair or a cinema night?

 

I don’t do Christmas..

Some of your team may not celebrate Christmas at all. You may like to take into account a variety of different religions when you think about the theme and catering for your party. You could make it more of a celebration thanking employees for their hard work and loyalty rather than a religious festival.

 

XpertHR have put together a useful podcast on how to avoid a problematic Christmas. You can listen to it here. Please be aware there is some swearing and offensive language in this podcast.

 

For everyone, Christmas should be a time of joy and celebration, and with that in mind we wish you a very, very happy Christmas and New Year.

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It’s party season! But before you deck the halls and hang up the mistletoe, have you thought about how your teams behave on work related social nights out?