December is the time of year to breathe a sigh of relief as we finish a year of accomplishments and celebrate multiple holidays. The beautiful lights, music, festive decorations and parties create a fun and festive atmosphere. As the song says, "It's the most wonderful time of the year" ...unless you're in HR.
Recently, the Next Blog posted an amusing article that tells a tale of HR’s hope and headaches during the holidays. The “fun” starts right around Thanksgiving when the cubicle decorations start to go up and culminates with the festivities at the office holiday party.
Religious and cultural traditions and decorations can spark complaints. Sprinkle in the increased levels of absenteeism, online shopping sprees and office parties with alcohol (what two-drink maximum?) and you’ve got the perfect HR holiday storm. And that’s before the snow even starts falling.
Considering all the issues that organizations will encounter during the holiday season, it’s important that HR communicate guidelines that will help keep the peace.
Q1. What are your biggest HR holiday headaches?
Q2. What HR policies do you enforce during the holidays?
Q3. What are your organization’s "DOs" and "DONTs" HR policies for holiday parties?
Q4. Is it better to be all inclusive or all exclusive at the office during the holidays? Why?
Q5. What are your organization’s guidelines for decorating cubes/offices during the holidays?
Q6. How do you handle/grant multiple time-off requests during the holidays?
Q7. What’s the most inappropriate holiday gift you’ve ever witnessed in the workplace?
Q8. What is your most memorable HR holiday tale?