Alcohol overindulgence at these seasonal get-togethers is a concern for both management and staff, according to the article.
For employers, Suarez suggests that open bar alternatives may help avoid excess consumption, such as limiting drink availability either through drink tickets or closing the bar down during dinner. For employees, he suggests holding onto the same drink for as long as possible.
Prepping dates about the fact that while the function is an occasion for merriment, it’s also a work event and appropriate behavior is a must, he says in the article.
Suarez and others interviewed mentioned that the party is no place for shop talk; conversations are an opportunity to get to know the people you work with on a personal level.
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Suarez has represented and advised small, medium and large organizations regarding all aspects of their labor and employment relations, as well as provided strategic business development counsel to hundreds of companies, not-for-profits and government entities over the past decades. Suarez’s experience includes advising employers regarding employment law, human resource management and compliance, and traditional labor law matters.