Don’t unwittingly end up in trouble at work this Christmas!
  • 12th Dec 2019
  • Article written by Louise Purcell
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It’s nearly Christmas.  And as we all know, Christmas is ALL about the presents. From Father Christmas to the visit of the Magi, the true spirit of Christmas is about giving. 


It’s a time to express our generosity to those near and dear to us with a well chosen gift.  A time to embrace that warm feeling inside when someone’s face lights up for a box of quality street or a poinsettia.  As they say, it’s the thought that counts.   


It’s nice to receive gifts too.  In the workplace, people often exchange presents. Employers often pay a Christmas bonus or take you out for drinks or a meal. 


Clients might also show their appreciation for the work which you have done for them with a gift.  Maybe, a bottle of fizz, some flowers or a voucher etc.  However, make sure that you do not unwittingly breach your employer’s bribery policy.  Their policy may place a limit on the value of a gift which you can receive from clients or may, require you to notify your employer of the gift or to register it in some way. 


Failing to comply with your employer’s bribery policy, could potentially be viewed as misconduct / gross misconduct and could even result in you losing your job!  That wouldn’t make for a good start to the festive break!  So, just make sure that you check your employer’s bribery policy.  If you don’t know where to find it, ask your employer and they will point you in the right direction.