The Most Wonderful Time of the Year…

Published December 08 2021

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Some employees may be planning bigger than usual festive celebrations this year to make up for the ‘Christmas that covid cancelled’. Whilst many employees will be sensible and ensure that their festive activities don’t impact them in the workplace, this may not always be the case. So, what can it be helpful to know when it comes to getting some likely festive HR issues all wrapped up?

  • ‘Super shoppers’ – with many employees now back in the workplace and doing their Christmas shopping online, employers may find the odd personal parcel delivery ‘sprouting up’. If you think this could be an issue in your organisation it’s a good idea to remind employees of the policy on this
  • Tardiness and ‘tinselitus’ – if an employee is late / calls in sick, employers should follow the usual process of dealing with them. Whilst the timing may look suspicious unfortunate events can befall people at any time so it’s important not to jump to conclusions. If there are grounds to suspect there is not a genuine reason behind the lateness / absence, you should call Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd for advice on the facts of your case
  • ‘Merry (but not bright…)’ – some employees may get a bit too ‘jolly’ on a work night and attend work hung over the next day. Where you suspect this is the case and it is having an impact in the workplace, the first step will usually be to investigate the matter. Remember, this should be done with an open mind as there may be another explanation for the situation such as genuine ill health

It may be worth bearing in mind that as there will be more opportunity for socialising generally this year, some employers may see an uptick in sickness absence related to ‘more usual’ winter illness, such as colds. This could affect organisations over the festive period so it’s important to be prepared to manage this situation.

If you have an employment law matter you would like assistance with, please do not hesitate to contact Kingfisher Professional Services Ltd as we are happy to help.