Let the Holiday Festivities Begin - But Be Cautious in Your Workplace!

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It is that time of year again when the holidays are here and the planning of festivities is underway. Yet, it is a time when all human resource professionals and members of management should consider the appropriate guidelines for holiday parties. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning these gatherings...

• Policies and Procedures – Employees, including members of management, should be reminded that all policies and procedures, including the rules regarding anti-discrimination and harassment, continue to apply equally at holiday parties and off–site events. People tend to do things at holiday parties that they would not do at the work place, so a quick refresher course on the employer's expectations could go a long way. The office party is not an excuse to "let loose." As such, a reminder that proper decorum is required is warranted, including appropriate attire...

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