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Ready to party?

Posted on: November 25th, 2021 by Ginny Hallam

Party season is almost upon us – having missed out on last year’s knees up colleagues are ready to don their dancing shoes and party like it’s 1999! Below are a few thoughts ahead of the festivities…

Covid caution – give some thought to any precautions you’ll put in place to protect each other. Asking employees to take lateral flow tests before and after any festive social events might be a good starting point.

Duvet days – one too many means a duvet day might be tempting, and ‘I think I might have Covid’ is the perfect opportunity for a bit of R and R! Think about how you can reduce the temptation to have a lie-in whilst supporting those genuinely ill.

Best behaviour – there’s a low threshold for successful harassment claims so ensure leaders set the appropriate tone and deal quickly with any unwanted behaviour.

Inclusive invites – it may not be the intention to leave anyone home alone, but an inclusive approach will remove the risk of potential discrimination arguments (this case highlights the point). Ensure that everyone is kept in the loop and given the option to accept or decline, including those on family-friendly leave and sick leave.

If you need advice on anything covered above or support with appropriate communications to your teams, Intelligent Employment can help. Find out more.


This update is accurate on the date it was sent (25 November 2021), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.