Iod To Tackle Office Party Pitfalls Festive Season Approaches

Wednesday, 15 October 2008

The Institute of Directors (IoD) in North Yorkshire is hosting an event to educate people about the possible dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption in the run up to the Christmas party season.

The breakfast seminar, which takes place at the Pavilions of Harrogate on Wednesday 5 November, aims to expose the dangers of alcohol and highlight the necessity for companies to protect themselves and their workforce.

The event will feature a guest speaker from alcohol management consultancy, Fresh Knowledge, who will discuss how to avoid the common office party pitfalls, implement an effective alcohol policy and suggest ways to shift the onus of responsibility away from the employer and on to the employee to avoid the risk of litigation. The discussion will also cover the effect an alcohol policy can have on the performance, safety and reputation of a business.

Sue Stone, founder of Fresh Knowledge comments: “Alcohol consumption in the run up to Christmas increases dramatically, no more so than at office parties. However, there needs to be an element of caution when alcohol is consumed during any work related activity, whether it’s the big party, client entertainment or just a few drinks after the office.”

Adds Nick Bramley, chairman of the IoD in North Yorkshire: “Alcohol abuse can often go unrecognised and can affect all types of people causing problems not just for themselves but also for their families, friends, work colleagues and bosses. This session aims to highlight some of the ways in which businesses can help to protect themselves and their employees when it comes to alcohol and the workplace.”

For more information or to book your place visit or call Susanne Foxley on 0113 243 0152. Tickets cost £20 for IoD members and £25 for guests.


Notes to editor
Alcohol expert, Sue Stone, set up alcohol management consultancy, Fresh Knowledge in 2003 following 20 years of experience working in counselling and with support groups.
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