December is a time to breathe a sigh of relief as we finish a year of accomplishments. The beautiful lights, music, decorations and parties create a fun and festive atmosphere as workplaces around the world celebrate multiple holidays. To quote a familiar holiday song, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year” -- unless you’re in HR.
Just about every HR professional has experienced both hope and headaches during the holiday season. The “fun” starts right around Thanksgiving when the cubicle decorations start to go up and culminates with the office holiday party.
Religious and cultural traditions and decorations can spark complaints. Sprinkle in 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.
Please join @weknownext at 3 p.m. ET on November 12 for #Nextchat with special guest Gregory Eck (@GregUM09) and Paul Lantis (@HRLegalist). We’ll chat about how HR is handling the holidays in the workplace.
Q1. As an HR professional, what are your biggest holiday headaches?
Q2. What HR policies do you enforce at your workplace during the holidays?
Q3. What are HR do’s and don’ts for holiday parties?
Q4. What are employee do’s and don’ts for holiday parties?
Q5. Is it better to be all-inclusive or all-exclusive in the workplace during the holidays? Why?
Q6. What are your organization’s guidelines for decorating cubes/offices during the holidays?
Q7. How do you handle/grant multiple time-off requests during the holidays?
Q8. What gifts are considered appropriate for colleagues and for a supervisor? What gifts are inappropriate?
Q9. What is your most memorable workplace holiday tale?