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Do’s and Don’ts for Employers and Employees During the Holiday Season

For Employers:
Don’t fire anyone right before the holiday. Even a person you hate, and who you’d like nothing more than to hurt.

Do give employees notice to allow them time to look for another job. Too often, managers fire staff just before Christmas, Thanksgiving, the employee’s birthday, or other special holidays. Really? Would you want that to happen to you? Just wait until after the holidays, and do give notice.

Do give a bonus if you can afford it. Times are tough for everyone, even if the person gets a regular paycheck. Besides, productivity increases when employees feel wanted and appreciated.

For Employees:
Don’t quit your job when you know your employer will find it most difficult to replace you. This is true, no matter how much you want to get back at your employer. Find a new job if you suspect that you’re losing your job, but your employer is too inconsiderate to tell you in advance. But, don’t try and avenge a sadistic and narcissistic boss.

Do attend the holiday party your office has planned. Most likely, someone invested the time to ensure that you have a little bit to eat or drink. Besides, there is a lot you can learn from attending a company’s holiday party. If you’re new, you get to assess your colleagues and managers, and see where and if you belong. It can also help you to see how you can wiggle your way within the company.

Don’t wear your deep décolletage or your most revealing outfit to the office Christmas party. Unless you’re going to the Playboy Mansion, and want to be a centerfold, keep it a lid on it.

For Men:
Do wear something that shows you care—a tie if it’s not the customary in everyday office attire.

Don’t drink more than you can handle. Nothing is worse than a drunken co-worker who says things that no one wants to hear, and falls everywhere. You want to have fun, so don’t keep others from having fun with your poor ability to handle alcohol, or your overdrinking. Ladies, nothing is more unbecoming than a drunk, slobbering broad wobbling all over the place in stilettos—ew, nasty.

For Employers:
Do limit the number of drinks your employees can have. Remember, unless you’re providing everyone with a chauffeured car, you’re likely to be liable should anyone get drunk and get into an accident, as a result of alcohol they consumed at the company party. Seriously, you don’t want anyone to be maimed, to make any widows or widowers, orphan any children, or get sued.