December is packed with office parties and long festive lunches. Many of these parties involve the consumption of alcohol. And while we want our employees to enjoy themselves, we also know that over consumption of alcohol can quickly lead to problems. As employers, we are obligated to make sure the workplace is safe; this extends to venues and gatherings occurring offsite and after hours.
Here’s the thing: gifts for your team are gestures. They’re meant to convey a little gratitude and remind your people that you care about them. No one really expects a holiday present to materially change their life, they just want to know their bosses give a damn. (That said, some cash or a bonus could materially change someone’s month.)