Christmas parties can be an opportunity for employees to "let their hair down", but companies should be wary of the potential problems such events can create, it has been claimed.
Onrec.com reports that Kelly Services has issued a warning to employers to be cautious when it comes to organising staff parties during the festive season.
James Bowmer, county manager at the firm, said that occasionally Christmas cheer can "go too far" and result in problems for individual staff members or the business.
"It is not about taking the fun out of the celebrations, but just taking a few simple precautions to prevent incidents occurring," he remarked.
With this in mind, the firm advised businesses to ensure that they make it clear that the event is a work function, to limit the bar tab and to arrange for designated drivers or taxis to take staff members home.
Last week, employment law firm Peninsula warned that many employees will use work time to shop for Christmas presents this week.