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Answered: Are you to blame for abusive behaviour at a Christmas party?

Answered: Are you to blame for abusive behaviour at a Christmas party?

You recently organised a Christmas drinks evening for your pharmacy staff at a local pub, and put some money behind the bar.

You left early, but later on your senior pharmacist apparently had a bit too much to drink and started insulting a member of your weekend sales staff, calling them unqualified and lazy.

Your staff are now complaining to you about the incident, but you are unsure if you should take action.

Are you responsible for your pharmacist's behaviour?

Result

Can you be held responsible for employees' misbehaviour at work social events?
Yes
46%
No
54%
Total votes: 100

Answer

Work drinks are a great time for team bonding. However, booze can bring out the worst in some people. From what your staff say, your pharmacist was being at best unprofessional, and at worst, a bully.

A central problem with this dilemma is that it concerns a work-organised event, albeit informal

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