The festive season is generally a time of peace and goodwill. Even so, we all know that work Christmas parties are not always the quietest of events. Dodgy dancing, loose lips and plenty of booze can make for an interesting time.
According to a poll by blinkbox, 23 percent of workers admitted to awkward dancing at Christmas work parties, 20 percent said they’d kissed a colleague and 14 percent admitted to flirting with the boss. Worse, one in 50 claimed that they’d actually quit their job at the office party!
Whilst security guards can’t do much about suspect dance moves and unsolicited flirting, they can ensure that your event runs as smoothly as possible. Here’s how.
Guest List Control
With so much free food and alcohol on offer, gate-crashers can often be a problem at Christmas parties – especially big ones, where they can confound legitimate employees with dubious claims about working in the never-before-heard-of “Manchester office” or “downstairs” in the mysterious world of IT.
Well, scroungers, we’re on to you. By handing over control of your guest list to professional security officers, you can be sure that no one who isn’t supposed to be there makes it inside your event. Having professional security on the door also gives the event organiser more time to mingle, and ensures that the entry process is conducted safely and efficiently.
The presence of security staff acts as a preventative measure against unwelcome guests, and encourages invited delegates to maintain higher standards of behaviour. This means that any nasty rows, fisticuffs and other disturbances or crimes are less likely to occur – and that everyone gets home in one piece.
Having security staff on hand means that harmless games or jokes don’t escalate into anything more serious. Dancing on tables, human pyramids and even swinging from the chandelier – a few drinks can make even the most patently silly things seem like a good idea. But a word in the ear from a security guard will usually be enough to bring people back down to earth. With security staff diligently monitoring what’s going on at all times, the chance of any serious accidents happening is significantly reduced.
Rapid Response and Emergency Service Liaison
Security guards are trained to make fast decisions and react quickly. Should an incident occur, trained security officers will make sure that it is dealt with in the most effective and practical manner – this includes alerting the relevant emergency services.
Churchill Security can supply fully first aid- and health and safety-trained security staff who are capable of reacting suitably to all sorts types of incidents. Rather than having to wait for police or medical professionals to arrive, well-trained security officers can act as an effective first response should anything go wrong.
Advice and Strategy
The best events are expertly planned, with every little detail being worked out well in advance. Whilst we’ll leave the decoration and music choices to you, we can assist with emergency planning and health and safety compliance before your event takes place. Having good procedures in place means that your event will remain secure and that your guests will remain safe.
Are you looking for a security solution for your Christmas party? Churchill Security is a leading provider of SIA licensed security guards, and serves the entire UK. Our event security officers are expertly trained and highly experienced at managing security for corporate events. Get in touch to find out more.