Sex scandals affect office holiday parties


December 05, 2017


With a series of high-profile workplace sex scandals on their minds, employers are making sure their holiday office parties don't become part of the problem.

There will be less booze at many. And some will have party monitors keeping an eye out for inappropriate behaviour.

According to a survey by Chicago-based consulting company Challenger, Gray & Christmas, only 49 per cent of companies plan to serve alcohol at their holiday events. Last year, that number was 62 per cent, the highest number in the decade the firm has run its survey. The number had been going up each year as the economy improved.

The Huffington Post reported on Friday that Vox Media, which runs sites including Vox and Recode, won't have an open bar this year at its holiday party and will instead give employees two tickets they can redeem for drinks. It will also have more food than in years past. The company recently fired its editorial director, Lockhart Steele, after a former employee made allegations of sexual harassment against him.