Santa - Christmas Parties etiquetteSanta Clause may very well be coming to town but it is important for employers to remember that tribunals are often tasked to rule on whose been ‘naughty or nice’ at the office Christmas do! So let’s keep you off the naughty list!!


It is vital that each and every Christmas reveller attending the festive celebrations hosted by employers is made fully aware of the policies and procedures governing their behaviour and expectations.

Employers should take steps to ensure they are up to date on what their responsibilities are in relation to parties or events which they organise or sponsor to mark the festive season.

After all, it is the employer who will have to answer for the actions or risks to welfare of the employees at the event.

So, what should you do? Employers need to make their list and check it twice before decking the halls to ensure they avoid a jingle hell at this year’s Christmas do!


All employers should have in place the relevant policies and procedures setting out the expectations on standards on behaviour for all staff, both in the office and at work related functions including the office Christmas party. Employees should be gently but firmly reminded that the event is organised by their employer and so they should adhere to the expectations of their employer. It may seem a tad draconian but taking such as approach could save an employer a lot less stress and financial risk in the long run.

It does not mean that you have to label yourself as the  ‘spoil sport’ or Ebenezer Scrooge. The very ethos behind the annual Christmas party is to allow employees to unwind and relax as reward for their hard work throughout the year. Providing a fine meal, a glass of wine or two and even some live entertainment can be a perfect token of your appreciation.

We ho-ho-hope that you have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year (and that you have an incident-free Christmas party)!

For help or guidance please speak to Emma-Louise Hewitt on 0121 698 2200 or email

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