Holiday office parties can be a great time. Socializing with coworkers and employers can give you a different sense of their personalities and even make your work-lives a bit friendlier. An office party is also wrought with danger if you don’t plan well ahead of time. Keep in mind that you can be hit with a workers’ compensation suit if one of your employees gets injured during a holiday-sponsored event and take steps to make the environment a safe one.
Candles are festive, but they present a fire hazard at the party. Stick with battery-operated candles for a bit of twinkling light.
Whether or not you serve alcohol is up to you, but you should only do so if your guests will all be over the age of 21.
- Make it Voluntary
Never make an office party mandatory. Not only can this be a safety issue, it can also have legal ramifications.
- Electrical Outlets
Avoid overloading electrical outlets. If you will be plugging in more than usual, use a surge protector.
- Clean Up
If you aren’t going to be in charge of clean up, make sure someone is. Spills should be cleaned immediately to prevent slips and falls.
- Label Food
It can be difficult to make sure that all of your dishes are safe for all of your employees. To avoid sickness or allergic reactions, label all food so everyone knows exactly what they are taking.
Inspect the party location before any guests arrive. Put away anything that could be dangerous, pick up anything that could be tripped over, and make sure that you have taken care of any fire hazards.
Your guests should have a clear way out if there is an emergency. Make sure that no decorations are blocking the exits.
- Designated Drivers
If you are going to serve alcohol, provide designated drivers. It is not a requirement, but it is certainly the responsible thing to do.
The annual holiday office party can be a great time for everyone involved. Take a moment to make sure that you are celebrating in a safe environment to avoid any claims when the party is over.
If you have been injured at work, or at the holiday party, contact our offices. Our experienced attorneys will review your case and advise you if you have a claim. Your first consultation is free.