Business Continuity NewsBriefs - November 14, 2018
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The Holidays: To Party or Not to Party?

November 14, 2018 - The holidays are creeping up on us, and it's time (or maybe past time) to consider the holiday party. Should you have one? What kind? Are there other options to show your gratitude to your employees than by having a drunken bash? If you have one, how can you keep it under control? These articles address these questions and offer some ideas on how to have a great party or what to do instead. Happy Holidays!

"What I don't like about office Christmas parties is looking for a job the next day." 
-- Phyllis Diller --

1. The leader's guide to lawsuit-proof holiday office parties

Holiday office parties are a time-honored opportunity for companies to show appreciation to their hard-working, loyal employees. However, these festive occasions -- which are often fueled by alcohol -- can also be a breeding ground for poor choices, bad behavior and even legal complications. As drinkers lose their inhibitions, they tend to also lose their manners. Unfortunately, for the occasional outlier that may even mean coming close to losing their job.

2. The Trouble with Company Holiday Parties

Let's start with the simple fact that many employees don't really like company parties (we'll have data on this right below). So an event, if not handled thoughtfully, that should be morale-building can easily become morale-diminishing. Add to this the possibility that such gatherings, fueled by free flowing booze, also offer management a high-profile opportunity to go off the rails.

3. Rethinking the Holiday Office Party in Light of Harassment Scandals

Some companies may be rethinking their traditional office holiday party this year due to the spotlight on workplace harassment and the nearly daily allegations against individuals in high profile companies, Hollywood, the media and government. Precautionary measures may well be in order. And that's just what companies are doing this year.

4. Holiday Party Season Dangerous For Your Online Reputation

One should always be careful at holiday parties, when alcohol typically flows and bad decisions often follow. Whether it is office-sponsored or just a gathering among friends and neighbors, this year presents greater risks than holiday seasons past for your online reputation.

5. 76 Corporate Holiday Party Ideas Employees Will Love

Whether you're working with a whole Party Planning Committee, or it's just little old you, putting together a corporate holiday party is no easy task. Keep reading for ideas on themes, activities, food, and more.

6. Alternatives to the Typical Holiday Party

Rather than another holiday party, consider earmarking the holiday party money in more creative ways. For instance, one thing that has caught on recently, instead of the holiday party, is the holiday reward. Rewarding employees this time of year can achieve the same goodwill that a party can and has the added bonus of motivating employees.

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