The Silly Season can Wreak Havoc! - [website] Email Print
Published: 27th of Nov 2017 by: Carolyn Kessler

Sorry about the negative title, but we hear some chilling examples of ‘office-party-gone-bad’ tales when hosting sexual harassment workshops.

I’m not intimating this scourge only happens at this time of year, but the combination of alcohol, a festive atmosphere and blurred boundaries can prove extremely destructive in the work place.

With this in mind, I have done some research and found that many overseas companies have elected to forgo the office party for a more inclusive family event. Rather than spending a huge amount to take employees to expensive restaurants, companies are opting for family picnics or something along those lines.

This makes sense. Really good sense. The benefits are manifold.

1) There’s no opportunity for inappropriate behaviour.

2) Families get to know each other in a relaxed environment.

3) Areas of commonality are explored and relationships established.

4) The employee’s family get to understand some of the pressures their spouse/dad/mom etc. face in the workplace.

5) They get to see the boss in a different setting where she/he becomes a human being as opposed to Godzilla!

6) The party isn’t seen as yet another reason for the family member to be away from home.

7) It’s a great opportunity to say thank you to the family whose support is integral to the employee’s effectiveness at work.

We live in such a beautiful part of the world which lends itself to this type of event. If the weather is inclement, there are many other indoor options which provide for a family oriented affair.

Finally, if you are attending a stereotypical office party, it behoves you to limit the alcohol and behave in the same manner you’d have done if your other half were there. The negative consequences for unprofessional behaviour are far reaching…

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