The holiday season is here and employers are wondering what to do about their annual holiday gatherings. Our team of HR professionals recently published the following advice to help enjoy the season safely.
Ultimately, it’s your decision whether to cancel your holiday party. Some companies are forgoing an in-person holiday party again this year, while others feel like it’s safe enough to celebrate in person. Unfortunately, COVID cases and hospitalizations due to the virus are rising again in many places across the country. Also, the CDC continues to recommend that anyone who isn’t fully vaccinated, as well as fully vaccinated people in areas with substantial to high transmission, wear masks in public indoor spaces.
If you decide to host a party this year, here are some measures you may want to consider:
- Look for outdoor spaces or well-ventilated indoor venues with enough room for people to spread out.
- Require employees to be vaccinated or tested before attending the party. Pay for testing if you require it.
- Require anyone who is under the weather (for any reason) to stay home. If there are raffles or gifts at the party, ensure those who stay home for their own safety or the safety of others are included.
- Make sure employees know that the holiday party is completely voluntary. No work or company business should be conducted during this time. Employees who are uncomfortable attending should not be pressured in any way to attend.
- Host a virtual party instead or as an alternative for those who can’t or don’t want to attend in person. You could provide gift cards to local eateries or food delivery services, organize a home decorating or ugly sweater contest, and facilitate interactive games.
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Regardless of how you choose to celebrate, we hope you enjoy the season tremendously.