Office party etiquette to avoid 'morning after' blues
Its office party season, where bosses and employees indulge in excessive alcohol consumption, committing irreversible mistakes made under the influence of both the booze and the festive atmosphere. Trawl the internet and you’ll find surveys and stories of regretful behaviour brought on by ‘just a few drinks’. In one office party survey, 75% of respondents regretted their indiscretions the next day and 60% changed their opinion of a colleague after witnessing their blunders.
The top five office party regrets were:
Employers need to lead from the top and make a point of not creating an office party situation where inhibitions are drowned in alcohol and/or drugs. The consequences of not taking charge could range from finding themselves at the wrong end of a sexual harassment law suit to dealing with stroppy, intoxicated employees hell-bent on driving themselves home.
Hank Lombard of PSA has the following suggestions to keep control of a potentially explosive office party situation without necessarily destroying all the fun:
“It may sound like a kill-joy approach, but it will avoid employees (and their bosses!) carelessly throwing their names away in what seemed like a good idea at the time. Once they’ve done that it’s very difficult to look at them with the same degree of respect as before the office party,” said Hank.