How can I offer alcohol at our holiday office party and make sure it doesn’t get out of hand?
Hosting a holiday party for your staff is a nice way to reward them for their hard work during the year. If you are considering offering alcohol at the party, here are some tips you may want to consider.
Preparation starts before the party. When you provide the details, mention that alcohol will be served and ask people to drink responsibly. Encourage them to select a designated driver. Provide options for those who may overindulge. You might want to consider offering to reimburse for an Uber (both directions) for any employees who wish to take one home. Or if a hotel is nearby, see if you can obtain a discounted group rate in advance for those who wish to stay
With a large group, you can’t keep an eye on everyone. It is essential that you enlist help. Talk with the bartender / waitstaff at the beginning of the party. They should stop serving anyone who is visibly intoxicated. Also, ask them to inform you of anyone who is cut off. Request that the managers monitor those at their table throughout the evening. You might also assign a greeter as guests start to leave. If someone is intoxicated, they can intervene and help find a safe ride home.
Any of these ideas can help ensure that you and your employees will have a safe, enjoyable, and memorable holiday gathering.
Laura Henderson is a Human Resources professional with over 20 years experience working with a variety of businesses.