Offices 'intolerant of festive misbehaviour'

27-11-2006

Offices 'intolerant of festive misbehaviour'
Many employers and staff are becoming increasingly intolerant of misbehaviour at the office Christmas party, new research has revealed.

Employment law firm Peninsula surveyed almost 5,000 employers and found that the majority said that they were worried about the quantities of alcohol consumed by their staff at the Christmas party.

As many as three in four said that a member of their staff had threatened to take a case to an employment tribunal after misbehaviour at the annual event.

Nearly 90 per cent, meanwhile, said that they had received complaints from members of staff following incidents at the festive celebration.

"For employees, the Christmas party is seen as a chance to get drunk with fellow workers at the company's expense," said managing director of Peninsula Peter Done.

Law firm DWF has urged employers to consider US-style 'love contracts' in order to guard against the fall-out from office romances occurring at the Christmas party.

Such liaisons could cause multiple problems for businesses, including loss of productivity and allegations of favouritism from other staff, the organisation warned.


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