You can’t have failed to catch on to the fact that sordid goings on on the casting couches of Hollywood, and down the dark corridors of Westminster, have placed sexual harassment firmly on the HR agenda.
Most decent human beings are pretty familiar with what is and isn’t acceptable at the far end of the spectrum of sexual harassment. In more everyday situations it’s not always easy to know where other people’s boundaries lie, and what might be friendly banter to one person, could be deeply unacceptable to another. When alcohol and Christmas joie de vivre are uncorked at Christmas parties and other celebrations, inhibitions and self-awareness can be thrown out the window and the risk of incidents of sexual harassment, or plain old festive fisticuffs are much higher.
To help employees keep to the right side of this line, ACAS have responded by issuing some helpful new Advice and Guidance on what Sexual Harassment in the workplace is, where the official boundaries are, and how to report or manage it. You can find it here.
This certainly is not the jolliest of topics at this time of year but at Metro HR we think it’s important to raise tricky issues with employees in a preventative way, before issues set in. So with that in mind, we have created a checklist for staying safe at the Christmas party, please share it far and wide….
If you do happen to find yourself the target of unwanted behaviour or in the middle of a highly-charged situation, there are three steps to dealing with it:
Remember we often spend more time with our work colleagues than we do with our spouse or partner. Don’t be the person that everyone is talking about in the office come Monday morning, for the wrong reasons.
If all else fails and you end up with an HR issue on your hands after the Christmas party, think of us as your guardian angels. We can help deal with the issue and get you back to running your business in no time.
Or, for more hands-on, practical advice on implementing a successful HR Strategy, why not download The Fantastic HR checklist?
We use this checklist when we are working with clients to identify what needs to be done to change a ‘functional’ HR approach to a FANTASTIC one. With our kind of HR strategy in place, you will be able to keep your employees engaged, confident about their role, and happy working in your business. Click this way to get your copy…