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Christmas 2022 Newsletter

Christmas is fast approaching, and we wanted to write to you all to let you know about what we are up to over the festive period, things to think about and how we can help your business going into 2023.


Office Opening Hours


Our office will be open until 12pm on Friday 23rd December and will close until 9am on Tuesday 3rd January 2023.


Our office will also be closed from 2:30pm onwards on Tuesday 20th December for our Company Christmas Party.


If you need urgent advice over the Christmas period, please contact Angela directly on her mobile number - 07539378727.


Christmas Charity Events


It is especially important at this time of year to get involved in charitable events and donate to good causes. Last Friday, we took part in Elf Day for Alzheimer’s Society, today we are taking part in Christmas Jumper Day for Save the Children, and next week we will be participating in Christmas Pyjama Day for Alzheimer’s Research UK. We would like to encourage as many of you as possible to take part to or do something else fun for charity this Christmas.


This year, we are also taking part in the NSPCC Walk for Children on Wednesday 22nd December. We have already raised an amazing £710, surpassing our target! We would like to thank our wonderful clients who have already donated and helped us to reach this goal - we really appreciate your support.


If you would like to donate to our walk, please click here.


Christmas Parties – A HR Nightmare!


Christmas can be a great time of year to thank people for all their hard work over the year. However, Christmas parties that get out of hand can be the cause of many HR headaches. The last thing you want is a January plagued by grievances and having to discipline staff who took things too far.


The High Court has outlined the employer may not be liable to cover the actions of a drunk attendee at a work Christmas party, however it also highlights the potential for a social event to get out of control. It would be prudent for employers to ensure they have completed an appropriate risk assessment before a party.


There is also the reputation of the company to consider, it could be potentially damaging to your reputation if consumers or clients get to hear that your Christmas party ended badly. With social media, the damage to the brand could be instant and difficult to undo.


Commonplace issues such as conflicting holiday requests can often be a source of office tensions, but it may come as a surprise that, if this is handled incorrectly, you could leave yourself open to discrimination accusations. When faced with conflicting holiday requests, transparency is key, and clear justification for any refusal should be provided.


But it doesn’t have to be doom and gloom as there are things that can be done to mitigate the risks of a Christmas party, click here to read Angela’s blog on the CIPD website to find out the best ways to avoid a HR nightmare!


Into 2023 – Workshops and Offers


This year, we ran a series of 6 HR workshops – free for all of our clients. We are pleased to say that we received great feedback on these sessions and will be continuing to run them into 2022. Our next session will be on top tips for interviewing, and will take place in January. We will release the order of events for 2023 in the New Year and welcome any suggestions for topics that you would like us to cover.


We would love your feedback on our 2022 workshops and what you'd want to see in 2023 - please click here to complete our short survey.


Thank You To All Our Clients!


We would like to thank you all for working with us this year, and hope to continue to do so in 2023. In the meantime, if you need any advice and support please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Merry Christmas from all of us at The HR Consultancy!


If you have any HR queries please give a member of the team a call today, on 01926 853388, or email angela.roberts@arhrconsult.com. Visit www.arhrconsult.com for more information.

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