Avoiding the nightmare before Christmas

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The Christmas party allows employers to thank staff for their hard work over the year. But a combination of relaxation and alcohol means that trouble can await those employers that don’t plan ahead, warns Adam Bernstein

Everyone loves a good Christmas party, and a well-planned corporate gathering can do wonders for morale. But as headlines have shown, employers are becoming increasingly alive to the risks they face from the simple act of trying to reward staff.

Secret Santa, a ready supply of alcohol, late nights and the blurring of the corporate command structure can give those in HR cause to wish the season of goodwill over – and quickly too. […]

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