Melbourne Cup Day: Don't Horse Around!

October 30, 2019

 

Some workplace wisdom for surviving office Melbourne Cup Day functions...from your friendly Poet Lawyerate.

 

The first Tuesday in November

 

The day that stops the nation

 

Every workplace takes a spell

 

To join the celebration

 

It's not my place to be a nag

 

But as a lawyer it behooves

 

The sharing of a friendly tip

 

About career limiting moves

 

Tis' too late to shut the gate

 

After the horse has bolted

 

So pace yourself on Cup Day

 

Don't leave others revolted

 

Don your hat and have a punt

 

But drink in moderation

 

Cos if you horse around too much

.

It may cost you your vocation...

 

REALLY? YES REALLY!

 

Melbourne Cup Day functions are great fun, but it's important to remember that WHS and workplace laws apply to workplace social events.

 

EMPLOYERS

 

Don't wear blinkers.

 

WHS laws require you to take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of your employees.

 

If you want everyone to maintain good form, have a Cup Day Policy and share it prior to Cup Day.

 

Choose a safe venue. An off-site venue is still "a workplace."

 

Monitor alcohol consumption, have non-alcoholic drinks available and serve plenty of food.

 

Set definite start and finish times.

 

Encourage employees to harness some restraint and not party furlong (get it?) past race time.

 

Your duty of care may continue after the function has ended.

 

EMPLOYEES

 

The expectations on employee behaviour at a workplace function are the same as when you are "working".

 

Stay on track.

 

Don't take free rein.

 

Follow your employer's Cup Day Policy.

 

No-one wants to be warned off, given a spell by HR, or be that person on the video that goes viral on the first Wednesday in November!

 

FINAL TIP

 

Have a great day and I hope you back a winner!

 

 

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