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Thinking as a leader at the Christmas party

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HC Online | 24 Nov 2010, 12:00 AM Agree 0
Far from being a behavioural free-for-all, Stephen Bell proposes that the break-up party is actually an opportunity for managers to demonstrate their commitment to workplace culture as leaders
  • Bernie Althofer | 25 Nov 2010, 01:45 PM Agree 0
    Social media and technology make it easy in this day and age to transmit images of co-workers ''behaving badly''. The never ending list of "do''s" and "don''ts" designed to set boundaries can appear to take the ''fun'' out of Xmas and the related parties. Taking personal responsibility and setting consumption limits can help reduce the risk of being put in an ''awkward'' situation having to explain the damaging electronic images. Sometimes, it may be easy to be ''carried away'' in the Xmas spirit, inhibitions lost and individuals may engage in inappropriate behaviour. The extension of a ''workplace'', being socially responsible and taking a leadership role irrespective of one''s level in an organisation is all part of creating a ''safe'' environment. Crossing boundaries ''just for fun'' may cause lasting damage to an individuals reputation. Using the ''grog made do it'' defence is just not going to work anymore. If individuals operate within the Seven Hints as outlined by Steve, they can still have an enjoyed time without damaging individual or organisational reputations. It only takes leadership.
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