When you’re getting the company together to celebrate all you’ve accomplished in 2019, you should have liability on your mind. While significantly less fun than wearing an ugly Christmas sweater or unwrapping gifts, giving some thought to company liability can make your holiday soiree run smoothly. By having a plan in place, you’ll be able to sit back and bask in the joy of the season, worry-free.
Here are a few tips to ensure fun and safe holiday parties in Lubbock, TX for all, including you:
- Limit the alcohol: It doesn’t sound like much fun, but limiting the alcohol available can help reduce any incidents that would reflect poorly upon your company or even allow you to be held liable. If you don’t want to completely eliminate the booze, consider using drink tickets. Put a two-drink maximum rule in place. You’ll also want to make sure there’s plenty of food involved, so no one is drinking on even a partially empty stomach.
- Be an example: All executives and managers should consider the holiday party a time to set a great example. Keep conversations friendly but professional, keep alcohol consumption to a minimum and ask them to be the “eyes and ears” of the party. If there’s a problem with an employee, you’ll want to know as soon as possible.
- Ensure safe transportation: If you can arrange it, providing opportunities for safe transportation (whether public, designated drivers, Uber/Lyft or other options) can cut down on the risk of employees drinking too much and getting into accidents.
- Consider the location: If you’re holding a party at a bar or in a place where it’s easy for employees to “pre-game,” you might be opening yourself up to liability.
- Think about alternatives: Instead of a formal evening party, you might consider a more casual daytime party. Volunteering at charities or making seasonal crafts can be a nice alternative to cocktail parties.
- Communicate expectations: Finally, make sure your employees know what the party entails and what is expected of them. No one wants to go full Grinch, but setting out rules ahead of time can be very helpful. Employees should understand that it’s still a professional setting. They’ll also be happy to hear about their transportation options, which kind of activities they can expect and about how long they can expect the festivities to continue.
With some preparation, and by following the above tips for a responsible holiday party in Lubbock, TX, your company can avoid problems while also celebrating the people who make it all possible.
If you’re concerned about office liability, staying safe or whether you could be responsible for your employees’ actions after drinking at your holiday party, call the Law Office of Rob Biggers today for a consultation. Our firm specializes in criminal and family law, and will vigorously fight for you. You’ll always get our undivided attention, up-to-date legal skills and professional courtesy, no matter what kind of case you bring to us. Let the Law Office of Rob Biggers lead the fight for justice!
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