Staff Christmas Parties and Drunken PromisesDecember 18, 2015 // No Comments
It’s a well-known fact that alcohol can loosen your tongue, so take care this year on the staff party not to get caught up in a drink fuelled conversation that could enforce a flippant promise. The staff party is most definitely an extension on the workplace, so you can be held responsible for whatever goes on there, including promotion promises or pay rises. In strict legal terms, (assuming the person making the promise has the authority to do so) a work based promise is legally binding.
So, before the festivities start, protect your position by announcing to staff not to discuss any important work related issues as this could breach confidentiality.