Whisper it quietly, but Christmas is fast approaching. I know it barely seems a couple of months since the last festive bash, but offices around the country are already gearing up for the annual Christmas shindig. They can, of course, be great occasions. Run properly they are good for morale, good for breaking down barriers and a chance for your staff to see a slightly more human side of their boss. But run badly, they can turn into an HR and employment disaster area.
Looking forward to this year’s office Christmas party? Of course you are. It’s a great chance to let your hair down, get to know your colleagues a bit better and build up a bit of team spirit. And if you get the chance to have the odd drink or two into the bargain, so much the better. But here’s a statistic which may just be worth bearing in mind before you unleash yourself fully onto your workmates.