ChristmaspartyThe silly season is upon us and it can be a great time for businesses to have fun and indulge in some festive cheer.

But whether you’re wining and dining clients or hosting the office Christmas party to show employees your appreciation of their year’s hard work, here are some tips to make sure everyone has a good time.

4 DOs of Business Christmas Parties

1. DO make sure you assess your function venue for any risk/and or safety issues. It’s particularly important to ensure your guests are fed to help with the side effects of alcohol.

2. DO organise suitable travel arrangements if people will be drinking alcohol. Make sure guests are aware of all the viable options for them to get home safely whether it’s hired transport or taxi, train or other public transport.

3. DO remind employees that it is a work event and responsible and respectful behaviour is a requirement. Make people aware of relevant work policies such as anti-discrimination, sexual harassment, social media etc. so they know they continue to apply for the party.

4. DO make it clear when your party starts and finishes and that any extra celebrations after this time are done at the initiative of the individuals and not endorsed by your business.

4 DON’Ts of Business Christmas Parties

1. DON’T encourage drinking to excess. Unlimited bar tabs, drinking games or cheering people on to go drink-for-drink with someone else are never good ideas.

2. DON’T allow anything and everything to be posted on social media. You can be held accountable for anything posted by party-goers online so remind everyone to be responsible with posts and images on Facebook, Instagram etc.

3. DON’T knowingly let alcohol to be served to intoxicated or underage employees or allow an intoxicated person at your party to drive home.

4. DON’T dismiss any post-party complaint or issue. Never take any matter brought to your attention lightly, make sure it is dealt with quickly and in line with the correct dispute resolution process for your business.

At the end of the day, you want everyone to have fun and relax a bit at this time of year. So if your business takes time to implement proper planning and communication ahead of the event, then you can ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable end to 2014.