Safety and Liability Issues
Safety and liability issues are more visible at
this time of the year. What can you do, and what should you do,
to ensure that all your employees - and your company - make it
through the holidays safely.
You already know that your company can be held
liable for injuries that occur on your property or at your
functions. The company can also be liable if an employee causes
harm to another employee or anyone else while engaged in company
These liabilities exist all year long. You
take steps to prevent them and to limit the company's liability
and exposure if they happen. So these hazards are not unique to
the holiday season. They are, perhaps, simply more obvious.
Should You Cancel the Party?
Short of canceling the annual holiday party, what
can you do about these dangers? In addition to the points made
in the links above, here are two more suggestions I support.
Seems like we all drink more at an open bar
than when we have to pay for drinks. Many law enforcement
agencies and MADD urge cash bars at parties. While charging for
drinks may be not be popular among your employees or your
guests, it could save their lives.
You will seem less like a Scrooge if you
announce the action ahead of time and explain why. Replace the
typical bar with seasonal (non-alcoholic) drinks like egg nog
and hot cider. After all it's the spirit that counts - not the
Here's another idea. Make it more of a family
affair. Include the children of your employees in the holiday
party. It will help to keep behavior in check and cut down on
drinking. Besides, your employees may appreciate not having to
find and pay for a sitter. Think of it as a Christmas-time
extension of your company's family-friendly personnel policies.