September 2, 2014
In this age of tough sexual harassment and employment discrimination laws, Corpedia.com gives its annual tips to keep the lawsuit "Grinch" from stealing your company party’s holiday cheer.
- Keep Santa in line.
- Watch the holiday "Cheers."
- Assign designated "party watchers."
- Don’t ignore feisty holiday spirit.
- Watch the reindeer games.
- Encourage employees to bring their significant others .
- Monitor any gift giving .
- Start and end the party early.
- Lock up the copy machine.
Don't allow your employees to sit on his lap. The local Rent-a-Santa probably doesn’t conduct background checks.
Keep a close eye on alcohol consumption and inebriated employees. If necessary, arrange for transportation. The price for cab fares is far better than the cost of a negligence lawsuit due to a drunk-driving employee.
Make sure they’re sticklers (like those accounting types) who will be strict on excessive drinking or other inappropriate behavior.
Overly romantic displays of affections can be a serious matter.
Their presence discourages intra-office flirting and almost always ensures your workers are good little boys and girls.
Discourage the exchange of offensive or inappropriate gifts that have sexual or romantic overtones.
This can keep "God rest ye merry gentlemen" from becoming "Bob, arrest these merry gentlemen!"
SOURCE: Corpedia, Mesa, AZ, December 16, 1999.