Yes, it is the holiday season and many employers plan a special thank you, a party, to celebrate the year. A good party means good planning and anticipating many details to make it a fun, safe, and successful event. Here are a few tips to make your party a “ringing success” and prevent New Year regrets:

Ensure your employees know the workplace rules apply to a work party.

Invite but do not require attendance at the event.

Keep the party out of the office, use another venue or location.

Avoid open bar and the bottomless glass supply of alcohol.

Remember, harassment does not take a holiday so use caution when hosting your work celebration. Did you know that sexual harassment complaints are very common after office events or parties?   Prevent regrets by setting the tone, have managers lead by example with appropriate behavior, and encourage responsible actions.

As the host and the employer, you have a duty and liability for your employees to be safe at the party and on the way home. Plan so when the party is over, you have shared and encouraged a safe ride home with access to Uber, Lyft, or designated drivers for those who have partied hard.  

Make your event a ringing success not a hand wringing worry in the New Year.    Happy Holidays!