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Christmas parties will look a little different this year. Source: Unsplash/Eugene Zhyvchik.

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Jessica Bilston-Gourley

Christmas is coming: HR tips for the hybrid office party

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Jessica Bilston-Gourley
5 minute Read

While Christmas will undoubtedly look different this year, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Christmas during a pandemic. After months of lockdown and seeing colleagues on virtual screens, many are eager to celebrate face-to-face again at the Christmas party. It will be the first time meeting in real life for some, but others may feel apprehensive about festivities.

This year brings about mixed feelings, which means there needs to be a more considered approach to balance fun and compliance needs. This article shares the factors to consider in celebrating the end of the year.

What are your legal obligations?

Employers must provide a safe workplace to their employees, even at social gatherings such as the annual Christmas party. At the same time, employees have obligations to act appropriately while in the workplace.

Many employment contracts specify compliance with company policies and procedures like the Code of Conduct, Drug and Alcohol Policy and Anti-bullying and Harassment. It is an excellent time to organise refresher training on these policies in the lead up to December. Employers need to remind employees of acceptable behaviour and conduct at the Christmas Party.

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