I was chatting to some guys on GBC about the removal of the "Don't ask don't tell" policy in the American armed forces.
I made the comment that "I just wish everyone would act like an adult" - which brought merriment and scoffing!
Well, obviously my workplace believes that people need help understanding how to act as adults at Christmas / End of year functions - we first received this email:
Message to all Employees
At this time of the year, it is appropriate to provide a reminder and guidance about the expected behaviour of all employees at Christmas and End of Year functions.
The intention of this communication is not to place undue restrictions on Christmas or End of Year functions or celebrations - but to serve as a reminder of employee’s responsibilities during these functions.
There are some key points that the business would like to highlight to you:
Regardless of whether Christmas / End of Year functions are held outside of hours and / or outside of the workplace - if the function is organized or sponsored by or on behalf of the Company, then it is more than likely that the function will be deemed to be work related, therefore all company functions will have a designated start and finish time.
The Company and individuals can be held liable for the actions of employees and third parties (partners, clients etc) who are in attendance at such functions;
The Company and individuals can be held liable for the behaviour of our employees who attend other functions (such as a client or customer's Christmas / End of Year function) as a representative of the Company;
The Company's commitment to Zero Harm which carry obligations to provide a workplace that is safe and without risk to health - apply to Christmas / Office / End of Year functions - this extends to protecting employees (& third parties) from bullying, harassment, victimization and violence from co-workers, clients and management;
Usual Company Policy such as Appropriate Workplace Behaviour apply at Company organised functions. Disciplinary action can and will be taken for breaches of Company Policy at Company organised functions.
The use of Technology (mobile phone video cameras etc.) used to record and subsequently share vision on social media outlets (you tube, Facebook etc) is discouraged and may breach privacy legislation.
Employees are encouraged to think in advance about how they will travel to and from the event safely.
Where alcohol is available at functions responsible consumption is mandated.
If you have any questions about this communication or about the organization of Christmas / End of Year functions, please direct them to myself ...
Mmm, okay I thought, it's probably good thinking on behalf of the Company to get this out there.
Today, however, I receive this: