Many people look forward to their Christmas bash as a chance to relax and unwind with their colleagues. But 1 in 7 victims of sexual harassment say it took place at a work social event, according to TUC polling. And this number rises to 1 in 5 for women employed by small businesses.
To ensure the Christmas party goes as smoothly as possible, the TUC suggests that bosses:
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Many of us look forward to the traditional work Christmas party as a chance to wind down and celebrate with colleagues.
“But workers and bosses should remember that they are still in a work setting. Nobody wants to offend another member of staff – or worse do something that might get them sacked just before Christmas.
“Employers must be clear they have a zero-tolerance attitude to sexual harassment and treat any complaint seriously. Anyone worried about inappropriate sexual harassment at work should join a union to make sure they are protected and respected at work.
“I hope everyone uses their common sense and has a happy evening – and a great Christmas and New Year.”
TUC polling last Christmas found that:
- A TUC report, Still just a bit of banter?, published in August 2016 found that more than half (52%) of women, and nearly two-thirds (63%) of women aged 18-24 years old, had experienced sexual harassment at work.