Twas the office night before Christmas…

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the office
not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse,
which is not really surprising as the very night before
was the office Christmas party and everyone’s heads were quite sore!

Off in Lapland they had partied as well.
And poor old Rudolph wasn’t feeling too well.
Did he not get the memo on the office policy
that you must turn up for work the next day filled with glee!

Nope his red nose was shining, from too much champagne.
And poor Vixon was blushing; she’d been on the copier again!
The head elf had bought the worst Secret Santa of all
So the PA was cross, shocked and appalled!

Then the big man appeared and said “this just will not do”.
Go grab some coffee we have much work to do!
So they all pulled together through the morning from hell.
Saying Don’t tell HR and all will be well!

And so a happy Christmas to all and all a good night

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a very merry Christmas and happy New Year.

We’ll be back on 2nd January 2018…

 

4 more sleeps to go!

Yep that’s right, just 4 little days until it is completely acceptable for us to eat our own body weight in delicious goodies! We’re not fussy either what those goodies are; if you are like me I will enjoy my cheese selection just as much as my selection box of chocs!! So why is it then with all that food so close on the horizon that our office is at bursting point with treats!!

Scientists have done numerous studies on this exact thing (I didn’t realise it was quite such a phenomenon) and apparently there are feeders among us. These are people who bring in tasty goods and encourage everyone to partake in the feasting other than themselves.

Whilst this may well be true, I like to think that the people in my office are not feeders and instead have taken on my philosophy, it’s Christmas, so why not!! And it is as simple as that.

We are indulging simply because we can, after all, when else in the year can you justify buying 1KG worth of chocolate just because it is only four pounds!!

Here is a little tip though from the “scientist” we eat 5.6 times more chocolate if it is placed on a nearby desk then if we had to walk two meters to get it, so just put the bowl near the printer!

As this is an HR blog I will also add, that chocolate makes you happy, happiness makes you work with more enthusiasm, sharing is caring and everyone is working wonderfully together, so really it is all for the good of team spirit!

Enjoy and indulge at its Christmas!! HR won’t mind, it’s only chocolate and we don’t as yet have a policy for Chocolate consumption in the office at Christmas!!

Merry Christmas from the HRRev Blogger @HRREV

 

Don’t be “that guy” at the Christmas party!

Christmas inevitably means a seasonal work party. The tradition of the “Christmas party” is typically a chance for the Employer to thank all their hard working employees for their efforts during the year and give them a good ‘knees up’. It’s also a great way of building internal team relationships.

But beware, don’t be “that guy”…. You know the type, the guy  everyone avoids because they spill drinks over the ladies dresses, that confesses his undying love for the MD’s PA, that kisses a co-worker or that passes out on the bosses lap and do not let them anywhere near the photocopier! Other people may not have had as much to drink as you and they WILL remember the next day and the day after…

After a bit of merriment, some people can get over zealous and distasteful jokes, remarks and colourful language can often be a problem. Beware of jokes, as if they single out one specific characteristic – for example women, this may lead to a potential discriminatory claim. Sexual harassment claims are one of the biggest risks employers can encounter when the alcohol is flowing.  What one person may see as harmless flirting; another could view as unwanted sexual attention. Employers can be held accountable to the behaviour of their employees as tribunals view your office party as an extension of your normal work environment.

If you are concerned about your employee’s potential merriment at the Christmas party here are a few ideas to think about. Before the party you should send out a clear statement about acceptable behaviour and the consequences of inappropriate actions. Remind everyone that it is a work event and that they are still expected to act in a professional manner and in line with the employee policies and that they are representing the company. Don’t forget to have a bit of fun though after all it is a party.

(Oh and ladies you are no saints either, quick tip… steer clear of too short, too tight and too low attire and easy on the snowballs!)

We have our Christmas party next week, so check out next weeks blog about how to survive the day after!

Enjoy one and all the HRREV Blogger