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The Annual Office Party Hangover

Posted on the 15 January, 2012 at 6:13 pm Written by in Uncategorized

A recent survey shows that 1 in 10 Employees have lost their jobs as a result of something have have done or said at the office year end bash, while 4% admit to having done something they regret that has damaged their business reputation.link to Monster Poll The annual office party typically contains a mix of alcohol, sex and bad behaviour. In December 2011, I chaired a hearing,which resulted in the summary dismissal of an employee. Evidence of a typical Meerlust overdose were presented to me by the company -you know the story. Brave, fearless and desirable (at least in the afflicted's mind) are the behaviours which typically accompany the overdose. This employee, told his bosses exactly what he thought of them (and it wasn't much), used a wide array of four letter words and made sexual gestures and comments to a fellow employee who is young enough to be his granddaughter! Hugh! Sadly, the hangover effect of the incident is still being felt in the workplace, by innocent staff members who not only had their year end function ruined, but who now have to pick up the dismissed employee's workload. What can be done to prevent this type of behaviour at Christmas functions? Should employers stop having Christmas functions? Should employers declare Christmas functions alcohol free? Or, should employers issue an unambiguous warning to employees regarding their conduct at the function prior to the event? I don't know the answer (if there is one). Please let me know of any strategies which your employer adopts which may help save another employee from having to queue at the Department of Labour with a UI19 in the next new year.

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