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4 Unexpected Holiday Do’s And Don’t’s for Business

Posted Dec 4th, 2017 in General, Insurance Tips, Commercial Insurance, Did You Know?, In the News

The holidays are a fantastic time to reflect on everything that has happened throughout the year, to communicate your appreciation, all while getting ready for a fresh start in the new year.  On the other side of the coin, they can be extremely expensive for a business owner. To help you, we’ve outlined holiday do’s and don’t’s for business!

4 Unexpected Holiday Do’s And Don’t’s for Business, Youngs Insurance, Ontario

We understand that the holidays for business owners can be overwhelming, they tend to be costly, your staff aren’t working at full tilt (partially because you are shut down for a couple days and partially because they have Holiday brain). Not to mention all the vacation time and holiday distractions.

#1 | DO | Decorate the Office  

Tis the season to decorate! And everyone loves seeing a boring office transform into a fancy space with festive décor. Ask your staff to participate in the holiday decorating, it will really lighten the mood and raise spirits.

#2 | DO | Avoid Alcohol  

This year at your holiday party, try to avoid serving alcohol. You could try a brunch or breakfast, as they are a great way to avoid alcohol or make it a family event, with children invited (therefore, making it alcohol-free).

#3 | DO | Give Back  

Give back to your community, to your customers and to your staff. The holidays are the perfect time to say THANK YOU! At Youngs Insurance we have implemented, December of Giving, where we have encouraged our staff and customers to join us in making a difference in various charities throughout the cities we operate within.  

#4 | DON’T | Forget the following if you are serving alcohol….  

  1. Contact your Broker to discuss additional alcohol liability insurance and check if your host liquor liability on your commercial insurance policy is sufficient if a claim were to arise.
  2. Clearly, communicate before and during the holiday party that there is ZERO tolerance when it comes to drinking and driving.
  3. Avoid offering an ‘open bar’ and only provide staff with 1-2 drink vouchers.
  4. Have professional bartenders managing the patrons and ensure you have designated individuals looking for those becoming intoxicated.
  5. Provide taxi vouchers and/or alternative transportation so no one drinks and drives.

We hope you find our holiday do’s and don’t’s for business helpful and we’d like to wish you all a very happy and safe holiday season! All the best in the new year!

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