A workplace Halloween celebration can be a fun team bonding experience, but it can be a scary time for HR! If you’re thinking about getting festive with Halloween-related events, keep these potential tricks and treats in mind:
The tricks listed above may be frightening, but there are ways to minimize them! Try these ideas to make sure your event is a treat.
If you want to avoid the possibility of offensive and unsafe costumes altogether, try celebrating in other ways, like family trick or treating, workspace decorations, or a college/pro team day.
Be very clear with employees upfront. Let them know that:
Don’t plan any decorations or celebrations that might go against safety regulations. Pumpkin carving can cause cuts (and workers’ comp claims), so try pumpkin painting instead. And don’t decorate with candles – it’s a fire safety issue!
There are pros and cons to having alcohol at your Halloween party. Make sure you’re making an informed decision, and if you decide to serve it, think about ways to minimize risk, like a cash bar, plenty of food, and covering the cost of taxis.
Halloween can be terrifying if you’re in HR. But it doesn’t have to be! Just make sure you’ve thought through the potential tricks, and your celebration can be a treat.
Looking for advice on keeping your celebrations compliant? Reach out to Purple Ink – we’d be happy to help!