More Workplaces Cut Booze at Holiday Parties to Curb Inappropriate Behavior

Many companies are changing the format of their parties.

Office Christmas Party
Jay Pharoah, Pete Davidson, Taran Killam, Amy Adams and Kyle Mooney during the Saturday Night Live "Office Christmas Party" skit on December 20, 2014. (Dana Edelson/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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Amidst the current moment of sexual harassment scandals in countless industries, many businesses are reimagining their office holiday parties, according to the Associated Press. As the stereotype goes, booze-driven office Christmas parties disregard the normal rules of a workplace. This year many businesses are taking steps to change that. The consulting company Challenger, Gray & Christmas reports that the number of offices offering alcohol at their parties has decreased from 62 percent last year to an expected 49 percent this year. Many companies are also switching from an open bar system to a limited drink-ticket system. While the same consulting firm confirmed that 80 percent of businesses would leave their Christmas parties unchanged, concern about employee conduct at these parties appears to be very common.

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