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Holiday Parties and Premises Liability Concerns

Proper etiquette for holiday work parties

‘Tis the season for holiday parties in the workplace. While the mood is festive and relaxed, it’s still a work function, and there are things you should remember as you navigate the holiday gathering.

Career coaches Charles and Sherri Mitchell, the co-founders of All About People, a Phoenix-based professional recruitment and hiring firm, say that according to surveys, about 15 percent of companies who have holiday parties say inappropriate employee behavior has impacted an individual’s career growth at a company.

Avoid behaviors like the ones below, and you’ll be at the top of next year’s guest list.

1. Excessive Eating. People who attend events understand that food and drinks will be part of the experience. Enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and buffet, but don’t eat like it’s your only meal for the week. Properly discard napkins, toothpicks, etc. vs. leaving on the table. You don’t want to be labeled as the “messy” party attendee.

2. Excessive Drinking. This is probably the most common mistake some employees and leaders make at company holiday celebrations. Don’t forget where you are — at work! — with coworkers and managers. Treat the party as an extension of your work day. Keep in mind that everything has the potential to turn into judgment about your professionalism. Limit drinks with alcohol to a maximum of two. Regardless of an open bar, nobody should over-consume!

3. Inappropriate Attire. You’re not going to a club, you’re going to a work party. Leave the form fitting, low cut, sequined dress in your closet and lighten up on the new perfume. For men, dress conservatively as well. Same goes for your new cologne … easy does it! This may be a holiday party, but you’re rubbing elbows with your coworkers, not your friends and family. Think about the image you’d like your coworkers to have of you in the coming months. You do need to see these people — and work with them — again on Monday morning.

4. Mingle. Be sure to acknowledge all your coworkers. This is a great opportunity to spend time with associates you don’t know, as well as leaders in the organization. Talk to your coworkers and bosses about work only in a positive fashion. No one wants to listen to someone complaining all evening. Engage your coworkers and management about topics outside of work like hobbies, family, etc. Don’t forget to listen. That’s as important as small talk!

5. Attendance. This is a work function. Some think if they show up discreetly late, circle the room once, speak to a few colleagues, the boss and a direct counterpart that you will be safe to leave 20 minutes later. Understand this: showing up fashionably late is not okay. Arrive within the first 30 minutes if possible. Everyone remembers who stayed for just a few minutes. Senior managers should make a point of staying as long as possible. That means if you’re not there when the event starts, you should certainly stay until the end.

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Looks We Love: Holiday party attire with Scottsdale Quarter

With the food comas from Thanksgiving over and the countdown until Christmas already well under way (less than 30 days for those who are keeping track) it’s that wonderful time of the year when your schedule is full of holiday parties — be it with your favorite coworkers or your best friends. Holiday party attire in general can be tricky to get just right without looking like too cheesy or Griswald-like (unless there is, explicitly, and ugly sweater contest!), but commence the glitter, sequins and tinsel — because, this year, you’re going to hit the mark while looking hot at the same time with your attire.

No need to fret when you receive those invitations, because Scottsdale Quarter marketing director Alison Goodman and Intermix and Ruby Boutique has your covered with five outfits that are trending for the season and show off just the right amount of that flawless body of yours. Get ready to break all of the rules!

1. Glittery track pants

Photo by Brittany Dierken

Photo by Brittany Dierken

“Track pants are all the rage this winter and this pair from Ruby Boutique gets a glitzy update with sparkles. A casual white tank – a closet staple – is the perfect juxtaposition to a pair with sparkly pants, but be sure to throw a fitted black blazer on top. It’ll give the loose-fitting bottoms just the right amount of structure,” says Goodman.

2. Swap your LBD for a jumpsuit

Photo by Brittany Dierken

Photo by Brittany Dierken

“2014 has been the year of the jumpsuit and Ruby Boutique has the LBD version of this flattering one piece. The middle cutout is a nod to the ever-so-trendy crop top, but when you throw a Rachel Zoe-esque fur vest on top, you’re dressy in the most downtown of ways,” says Goodman.

3. Invest in pink

Photo by Brittany Dierken

Photo by Brittany Dierken

“Pink, pink, pink – get it now because this color is going to take us all the way through spring 2015. At Intermix, a fitted pencil skirt goes demure when its knee-length, but when it’s paired with a fitted crop top in the same pastel, it gives the outfit just the right amount of sexy. Throw a cozy gray cardigan on top to keep away the evening chills,” says Goodman.

 

4. Try a winter white

Photo by Brittany Dierken

Photo by Brittany Dierken

“Forget what you heard about ‘no white after Labor Day.’ Winter white: there’s really nothing more elegant and unexpected than the lightest of colors during the coldest of months. This sleeveless peekaboo dress from Intermix looks revealing, but underneath the white lace is a nude layer that will leave everything to the imagination. Be sure, this dress is not for the fashion-shy – it’ll get you noticed and is the perfect frock for a semi-formal gathering,” says Goodman.

 

5. Be daring in a crop top

Photo by Brittany Dierken

Photo by Brittany Dierken

“This outfit is one of my favorites for an after-work weekday office party: capitalizing on the crop top trend, this sheer white top from Intermix is the perfect counterpart to a pair of loose-fitting silk trousers in the ever popular pastel pink. If showing your midsection isn’t for you, pair the top with a high-waist black pencil skirt – you’ll only show a sliver of skin. The pants are also the perfect workday staple – just add a fitted black turtleneck sweater to keep things cozy,” says Goodman.

Office Holiday Parties

Avoiding Unhappy Office Holiday Parties

Avoiding Unhappy Office Holiday Parties

Everyone loves a good company holiday party. They’re usually a fun way to unwind with your peers in a non-work environment, but sometimes these situations can take a quick turn for the worse. From sexual advances to drunken car rides home, holiday cheer can quickly turn into fear when you realize your job may now be on the line due to an irresponsible act.

There’s always going to be risks when hosting parties where alcohol is involved. In fact, according to a recent study conducted on employers, 36 percent of holiday party-goers behave poorly at their company parties. A lot of companies have chosen to go as far as to nix alcohol from holiday parties all together.

Therefore, here are some recommendations on how employers and employees can avoid the unhappiest of holiday parties and lawsuit-filled New Years:

  • If you choose to opt out of serving alcohol, celebrate by hosting a catered lunch at the office.
  • Be sure to allow each person a guest, whether it be a spouse or significant other. These guests could serve as “adult babysitters” to make sure the employee does not act out of line.
  • Have food and non-alcoholic drinks readily available. Food helps to absorb alcohol and the non-alcoholic drinks will serve as an alternative for those who would rather stay sober.
  • Consider serving just wine, beer and/or non-alcoholic drinks. These are not as harsh as hard liquor and will all pair nicely with dinner parties as well.
  • Just say “no” to open bars! Unlimited booze rarely brings about any good decisions, so instead opt for a cash bar or ticket system.
  • As an employer, it is important to remind your managers that they are there to assist you in making sure the party runs smoothly. They can serve as extra eyes to make sure the subordinates are behaving accordingly.
  • As we all know, inhibitions are lowered after alcohol has been consumed. People say and do things they typically would not have had they not been drinking. In cases where alcohol will be served at the party, remind employees that work conduct is still in force and disciplinary actions will be taken if employees are to act unruly.
  • Don’t hire within! Hire a professional bartender. They have the proper training when it comes to identifying people who are and aren’t of age, measuring drinks and knowing when someone has had too much.
  • Have a taxi service or hotel rooms available that are of no-cost to the employee.
  • This may sound silly, but never, under any circumstance, hang mistletoe! As mentioned in No. 4, inhibitions tend to get lowered when people are intoxicated, and the last thing you want to see at the company holiday party is two co-workers letting loose under a green plant hanging from a doorway.

For more information about office parties and avoiding a lawsuit, please visit www.laborlawyers.com.