It’s that time of year, so probably the right time to refresh employee memories on guidelines concerning company parties in general (appropriate attire, behavior, alcohol policies, etc.) and holiday festivities specifically (sensitive holiday speech, decorations, etc.)

Use this scene from “Office Christmas Party,” where the company’s “holiday mixer” gets cancelled to get some chuckles before you lay down the law (and make employees thankful you’re still having a party).


What do you enjoy most about office parties? Least?

What is the purpose of an office party?

What behavior can derail that goal?

How might the holidays create misunderstandings or hurt feelings at office parties?

Do you find any behavior inappropriate or offensive at office parties, especially during the holidays? If yes, where can you safely express those concerns?



Bryan Belknap, an award-winning screenwriter and speaker, is Creative Director at Resonate Pictures, which specializes in story-based training and branding films. His new ebook “How to Teach Ethics and Compliance with Hollywood Movie Clips” is available for free download.

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