Call us today 0800 470 0331

How to manage your employees during the festive season

Published on 7 December 2017 | Modified on 6 December 2022

Written by Stacey Bennett
managing emps festive period

The festive season is nearly upon us and many employees will be looking forward to letting their hair down. Unfortunately, some staff will be tempted to take the festivities too far causing problems in the workplace. Nobody wants to be the office Scrooge. It is, however, important to make staff aware of the standard of behaviour expected of them throughout the festive period.

Hangovers and Appropriate Procedure

If staff turn up for work hungover this may be a disciplinary matter if it renders them incapable or unsafe to perform their role.  It is imperative to have a clear disciplinary policy in place and to ensure it is followed as appropriate.

Managing Behaviour Before An Event

It is sensible to speak to staff before a work Christmas event to set out the standard of behaviour expected. It may also be wise to point staff in the direction of the work handbook making it clear the types of behaviour that may render them subject to a disciplinary.

Social Media and Business Reputation

Staff may be keen to share news and pictures of their fun at the work Christmas party. A clear social media policy should explain what content is considered appropriate and whether or not staff are authorised to name their employer on their social media accounts.


It is no secret that over-consumption of alcohol sometimes leads to poor behaviour. One way to avoid such over-indulgence may be to limit the amount of alcohol provided on the business’ account. In addition, employers should consider whether to provide transportation for staff; not only should this ensure that everyone arrives home safely, it also limits the time spent consuming alcohol.

If you need advice about managing your staff and implementing appropriate policies please contact the Employment Team on 01270 625478 or email here.

Related Insights

Sign up to our newsletter

apply area-criminal area-divorce area-employment area-home area-motoring area-personal arrow_downarrow-left-long arrow_leftarrow-right-long-menu arrow-right-long arrow-right asbestos-claimsbenefits-health benefits-incentive £ benefits-nursery benefits-pension blueprintbottom-wave-180 bottom-wave buildingsbusiness-services calendarcertificationcharitychat checklist clockcommercial-propertyconvey_icon_purchase_standardconvey_icon_remortgageconvey_icon_sale_purchase convey_icon_sale conveyancingcriminal-defencecrossdefencedisputesdivorce-family divorce documentsdownloaddrink-drivingeducationemail-altemail-outlineemail employmentevent-calendarfixed-fee-divorcefor-salegravelheartbeathero-wave home-searchhospitalhousehricon_laptop_add icon_purchase_standard icon_quill icon_tick icon-feather-mail icon-user input-error input-upload input-valid job-descriptionlegal-aidlitigationmap-marker map-pinmoneypersonal-injurypersonal-services phone-primary phone play pluspropertyremortgagesearch-primary searchseparationsocial-facebook social_googleplussocial_instagramsocial_linkedin_altsocial-linkedin social_pinterestlogo-twitter-glyph-32social_youtubesoldtenanttick_circle_green tick-white ticktoggle-cross traffic-accidenttreetriangle will-probatewillwrite-a-will