It’s that time of year when everyone goes a little crazy amongst the Christmas celebrations, so these words of festive fun written by Gemma Reucroft on her HRGem blog caused everyone at Engage to have a well deserved chuckle.
As the last few days of 2014 draw to their inevitable conclusion, Sally and everyone at Engage Executive Jobs wishes all our clients and candidates a very merry Christmas and look forward to working with everyone in what is going to be a very exciting and productive 2015.
- Employees sometimes do stupid stuff. At Christmas time and otherwise.
- Just deal with it.
- Resist the urge to worry too much about vicarious liability, discrimination and constructive dismissal. Although it is probably a good idea not to put any mistletoe up in the office.
- Resist the urge to write any sort of policy.
- Resist the urge to put any sort of disclaimer about behaviour in any Christmas party related literature. If someone wants to punch Bob from Accounts on the dance floor after 12 pints of beer then they will do it anyway. See points 1 and 2.
- Resist the urge to write special rules about absence from work after social events. See point 2.
- Apply Christmas common sense.
- Avoid sprouts in an office environment at all times. This is especially important in small or poorly ventilated offices.
- Never, ever, buy Secret Santa presents from Ann Summers*.
- Enjoy yourself. Put a tree up. Eat some Quality Street. Wear a Christmas jumper. And if you feel yourself turning into the HR equivalent of Ebenezer Scrooge, then just watch this…..