The stores are decorated, holiday movies are showing and it's the season to be jolly. Is your organization having a holiday party to celebrate? If so, you might want to check out our articles this week so you can avoid the things that could create liability for you. Share item #4 with your coworkers. Also, there are some tips for continuity over the holidays, and, finally, can you identify with these risks that are unique to Santa's efforts?
When it comes to holiday parties, businesses should take reasonable precautions to prevent any risks and financially protect themselves by making sure they have the proper insurance.
With all the goodwill and celebration of the holiday season, it can be easy to forget to take the necessary precautions to protect both your employees and your business.
Here are some tips to help keep the holiday season festive and safe, at home and at work.
Is the upcoming holiday office party stressing you out?
To help protect your business over the festive season here are eight tips for good Christmas continuity planning.
Risky Thinking identified a number of risks unique to Santa's organization.
As always, I look forward to hearing about your concerns with regard to business continuity. If there are any topics that you'd like to see covered, email me at
Bob Mellinger, President
1. Limit the Liability of Your Company Holiday Party: 10 Ways to Protect Your Business
It is the holiday season, a time for office parties and charity events. While gatherings can provide opportunities for professionals to mingle casually with their co-workers and clients and can help boost employee morale, they can also prove to be a liability for businesses that serve alcohol. The US Department of Labor states that holding an office holiday party with improper use of alcohol can make employers vulnerable to liability under tort, workers' compensation, or other laws.
2. Company Holiday Parties can Present Liability Risks
As the holidays approach, many businesses will host parties for their employees to celebrate the season and the year's accomplishments. While a party should promote camaraderie and be a fun reward for your employees, employers need to know that they can be held liable for property damage, accidents and injuries caused by employees who overindulge with alcohol at the party.
3. Holiday safety in the workplace
Although this article is aimed at Texas businesses, its safety message is applicable to all. To ensure the safety of state employees, we offer the following guidelines created by the Texas Facilities Commission. These guidelines must be observed in all state facilities, in addition to any regulations imposed by property owners of tenant properties.
4. Office Party Etiquette Tips
'Tis the season for holiday parties, and while it can be great fun to celebrate the season with your colleagues, these corporate-sponsored events can also be fraught with stress. From "What should I wear?" to "Do I really have to go?" to "Do I have to talk to senior management?," This slide show offers answers to the most common questions about these events to help you navigate the events with ease - and maybe even have some fun.
5. Business continuity tips for the Christmas period
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas and for many SMEs this brings its own set of challenges. With business often slowing down, staff taking holidays and offices closing, the festive period can bring unexpected disaster.
6. Santa's Business Continuity Plan
The Santa organization distributes a large number of presents around the world, with the objective of spreading Christmas Cheer. An elf-run factory at the North Pole is responsible for the research, development, and manufacture of presents, while a delivery team consisting of Santa, a sleigh, and several flying reindeer responsible for worldwide delivery. The recipients of presents are determined from a naughty or nice list, maintained using manual record keeping at the North Pole headquarters. What could go wrong?
Quote of the Week:
About the holiday party: "Two drinks. Mingle. Be positive. Especially to the boss. And when your co-workers start to look attractive, it's time to go."
-- Cindy Perman, CNBC