By Jack Lugar | November 1, 2011
Halloween can be a fun time around the office. It offers a great opportunity to create camaraderie amongst the employees, and ease the stress in a high-intensity office. Some businesses like to do a little pitch-in lunch featuring spooky themed dishes and treats while others enjoy letting their employees forget about the business dress code for a day and don their favorite costume.
Unfortunately, there is always the risk of employees having too much fun with their costume choice or selecting something that might be offensive to other employees. In fact many businesses will avoid allowing costumes to be worn to the office at all for fear of the legal ramifications. In addition, from a business standpoint alone, a day of dress up may present a negative appearance to the business’ clientele.
In order to avoid trouble but still inspire your employees, the team here at The Foster Group suggests that businesses consider a modification on the traditional company costume party. Instead, hold a themed desk decorating contest, a fun pitch-in lunch or cookie exchange, and a modified opportunity to dress up by having employees limit their costumes to appropriate headgear such as hats, bows, antennae, simple masks, or funny glasses. The emphasis for these “costumes” should be that they are easily removable in the case of an unexpected visitor, and they will minimize the risk of someone being offended. Of course, it is still always good to remind your employees to use common sense and be respectful of others in their costume selection.
The Foster Group is dedicated to serving all of your employment law needs – from day-to-day client counseling to defending lawsuits brought by current or former employees. Because our focus is to work proactively to prevent problems in the first place, please contact us to receive a personal employment law check-up for your business.
The Foster Group wishes you and your family a happy and safe Halloween!
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