While most Christmas parties remain incident-free, HR disaster strikes in at least one in ten cases, with 12% requiring some form of disciplinary action. This is according to new research conducted by payroll & HR provider Moorepay.
The majority of incidents usually don't result in more than the embarassement of those involved but, in those cases where disciplinary action is required, seven out of ten businesses feel unable to deal with the situation adequately during the aftermath of a Christmas party.
Moorepay reveals the most common Christmas party disasters businesses have to deal with over the festive period:
- Silence is golden
- Wardrobe Malfunctions and more
- Break a leg
- Let's get physical
- Snow (fist) fight
While such stories make for great water cooler conversations, these situations are often very sensitive and challenging for businesses to manage
Having to take disciplinary action following a Christmas party is a fine line to tread and, as our latest research has shown, many businesses don't feel adequately equipped to deal with these situations. However, guidance and advice on these tricky HR conversations is often just a phone call away and many companies offer special advice lines ahead of the Christmas period. Making use of these resources ensures that the only headache business owners will have after a Christmas party comes from having too many glasses of bubbly.
By Alison Dodd, CEO and President of Moorepay