With the Christmas season well and truly in the swing, businesses will need to prepare their Managers and Supervisors with the knowledge of how to educate their team on acceptable behaviour at social functions.
The legal implications that come out of Christmas parties and work functions when employees behave badly can have a substantial impact on businesses, both financially and potentially damaging reputation. It is also important to be mindful of your social media policies hopefully put in place and to create awareness within teams, safeguarding your business’s professional reputation.
An employer’s duty of care is to provide a safe working environment and this applies to end of year parties. Employers need to demonstrate that they have taken steps that are reasonably practicable to create a safe work environment for all employees.
Before an event, it is important to clearly inform employees of the company’s policies and code of conduct, anti-discrimination, bullying and harassment policies and social media policy.Click here to contact the Workplace Relations team to discuss your bullying and harassment policies and how you can protect your business and employee’s reputation outside of the work environment.