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By now I hope that you are up to speed with my pre blog ritual and so my little readers, jump up and shout ‘Pink Monkey’s’!

I’m sure by now that some of you will be in full swing of your Christmas parties or at the very least they will be coming up soon.  They are, of course, supposed to be a time of laughter, fun and festival love.  What happens though if the fun turns to upset and an incident breaks out.  It doesn’t matter does it, you’re not in work so your employer can’t do anything.  Why do they need to get involved in the fact you punched someone and spent the night in custody?

I’m sorry to say that a work sponsored event such as the Christmas party is an extension of the work place and while you are at the party, your behaviour should reflect that of being at work.  There is the very poignant thought your behaviour could land you in trouble with the police as well as your boss.

Your behaviour may lead to a call on Monday morning to ‘come into the office’ and your employer can follow their investigation and disciplinary procedures along side any of their relevant policies; harassment, bullying and discrimination are usually the ones that will be used to assess your behaviour and any claims brought against you by your colleagues.  And, if you are found at fault, depending on the severity, you may get a slap on the wrist up to summarily dismissed.

If you are the one that is likely to land yourself in hot water, then think very carefully about drinking alcohol (and by the way, taking drugs is a no, no too), or if you are one that won’t go out unless they have a drink, then simply don’t go.  Having a job on Monday morning, even if you don’t like it, is better than being dismissed and trying to find one and having to tell prospect employers: “I was sacked.”

Here are some rules to stay safe this Christmas (party):

1.       Don’t suddenly feel bolder to talk to your boss in a franker manner

2.       Be careful that you don’t upset or offend anyone

3.       Don’t strip off or try to strip others

4.       Don’t have an intimate meeting with the office photocopier

5.       Don’t turn to social media to plaster photographs and comments about your colleagues – social media is not private – it is very much public