Not-So-Jolly Holiday Behavior

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Byline: ON THE JOB by Bureau of Labor and Industries For The Register-Guard

Question: We had our company holiday party over the weekend, and although most of the employees have commented that they had a great time partying with their co-workers, the buzz is really more about R, one of the team leaders, who had too much "holiday nog" and acted a bit uninhibited at the party.

According to employees, R arrived smelling of alcohol and began hugging female co-workers very tightly, calling it their dose of "holiday sugar."

Once he started mingling at the party, R went around recruiting others to take pictures of him with his camera, and would pose by grabbing several female co-workers and pulling them into the picture with him.

When the caterer politely refused to serve R a glass of wine, he pulled a flask out of his jacket and spiked his soda. He didn't seem to be making an effort to act discreetly. In fact, I saw him do it several times but I didn't say anything to him about it.

R's temporary emancipation from professional behavior continued once the dancing started. R was doing what he boisterously and repeatedly referred to as "the nasty dance," mostly with reluctant dance partners who looked a bit embarrassed by R's moves. What I observed was that many of the women he started to ask to dance with him saw R coming and eluded him.

Even though I'm a supervisor, I didn't say anything to R about any of this because I didn't want to cause a scene or embarrass anyone. Besides, no one was complaining about R's behavior; in fact, people seemed more amused than offended by his antics.

So now that we're back at work, others are still laughing about R's behavior, and no one actually has complained to me about it. …