The compliance burden of work Christmas parties

Back in October, Chris Richardson from Deloitte Access Economics pointed out the large costs (up to $70 billion in total p.a.) that businesses are imposing on themselves and other businesses through internal rules, such as those designed to demonstrate the company is complying with safety, environmental or non-discrimination regulations (Businesses burying themselves in billions of dollars of red tape). In some (if not many) cases, the internal rules are probably unnecessary. Today I came across possibly a good example of this phenomenon – a Safe Work Method Statement alerting staff of an international professional services firm with an office in Brisbane CBD of the risks they would encounter on their way to the Treasury Casino for their work Christmas party, and how to avoid those risks (see extract below). For example, regarding “transit to function location”, “uneven footpaths” and “interaction with traffic” are listed as hazards, and staff are advised to “use pedestrian crossings” and “Review path of travel for trip hazards”. The company may fear getting sued by an employee if something occurs on the way to or at the Christmas party, but surely this is overkill?


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6 Responses to The compliance burden of work Christmas parties

  1. Katrina Drake says:

    Just like the iSafe check list for Construction sites – most injuries caused by staff tripping over something because they were filling if there isafe checklist, and not looking where they were going.

  2. Paul McGuire says:

    Does “review path of travel for trip hazards” mean you should practise walking the route a few times beforehand so that you don’t fall over on the day of the party, even if you fall over a few times when you’re practising?

  3. Jen says:

    That is hilarious. I particularly like the ‘wear enclosed footwear with good non-slip sole’. No strappy heels then? I wonder if they had compliance monitors there with clipboards checking on what the staff were drinking?

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