Smart Tips for Holiday Work Parties

Tis the Season for Holiday Parties!

Are you on the fence about providing alcohol: beer, wine, or spirits for employees to drink at company events? You want your staff to enjoy your work-sponsored events, but you also want to keep your employees safe. It is possible to join the nearly 60% of businesses that have implemented a policy that encourages both responsibility and entertainment just in time for the holidays!


Read on for 3 tips to designing your company Alcohol Policy:


1: Check Your Insurance Policy First

First and foremost, make sure to check your company insurance to determine whether you have the appropriate coverage that allows you to serve alcohol at work events. Most general liability policies do indeed cover liquor liability. If caterers are working at the event, it’s always a good idea to ask them to provide your company with their additional insured status, as their policy will help protect against lawsuits. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!


2: After-Hours Only

Make it clear that it is never okay for employees to drink alcohol during normal work hours. This should already be included the employee handbook provided during onboarding. Leading up to any event which will involve alcohol, remind your team of this company policy as part of their RSVP confirmations. Keeping the rules and expectations clear is key.


3: Be Proactive

Take the necessary steps to prevent a situation going south and recruit your management team to keep their eyes open for employees who may be overindulging and ensure there are designated drivers. If possible, hire a party bus or taxi service to get your team home safely; or try to schedule the event at a location that offers easy access to public transportation.


In the workplace and at offsite company events, employee safety is always the top priority. Alcohol can be a fun perk to your events with the necessary precautions taken. Appropriate planning and communication of employee guidelines at your events will ensure that everyone has a jolly good time and makes it home safely!