According to a recent study by Four Loco, office holiday parties often leave employees full of regrets. You can see the full survey results here, but here are a few highlights:
- 1 in 4 respondents has done something he or she regrets at a company party
- 36% say they’ve witnessed their boss do something embarrassing at a work party
- 1 in 10 has been reprimanded for office party behavior
- 80% of people limit how much they drink at these parties, but 26% say they still did something they regretted
So what can you do to ensure your holiday get-together is full of fun, not regrets? Follow these tips:
Take it easy on the booze
Over-consumption of alcohol is easily the most common regret and cause of problems. If you serve it, just make sure you keep employees in check. Provide drink tickets to limit the number of drinks employees can have or shut down the bar early. If you don’t want to go that far, just be willing to cut people when they are obviously intoxicated.
If you are drinking it, just watch yourself, and limit yourself to 1-2 drinks.
Set a time frame
State a clear start and end time and stick to it. Keeping the party going into the wee hours encourages employees to over drink, and that’s when inhibitions break down and people do things they wouldn’t do when sober.
Establish some parameters for speeches
You don’t want to tell people what they have to say during toasts, speeches and presentations, but do ask people to keep it clean and avoid any phrases (even seemingly innocent ones) that could be taken the wrong way.
Don’t stop managing
It should go without saying that you need you to watch yourself, lay off the booze and behave. However, you also need to keep an eye on employees. If you notice employees acting inappropriately, getting loud or drinking too much, step in and discuss it with them. Give them a cup of coffee or call a cab. A few minutes of awkwardness is worth it if you prevent conflicts, claims of sexual harassment, or drunk driving. You could protect the company from a lawsuit or save the life of a coworker.