Come one, come all to the race that stops the nation – but don’t let it stop the working day!

Melbourne Cup fever is in the air and with race day nearly upon us, there a few things you can do to ensure that your employees have a fun, productive working day.

Have your policies in place

Let your employees know well ahead of time what is expected of them. Outside of Victoria they have no right to claim a public holiday or reap the benefits; unless they have specifically taken a day of annual leave, they need to be bright eyed and bushy tailed on the seventh of November!

When someone wants to “chuck a sickie”

Now we’ve always got a least one staff member who calls up early morning with a sudden case of ‘party-itis’ or claims their long lost cousin twice removed on their mothers side just died. No matter the excuse, check for proof. Always ensure that your staff are aware of the personal leave policy. Send out reminders and refreshers outlining the notice they must give and what may be required – medical certificates for instance.

Keep it fun, keep it responsible

Alcohol in the workplace can be a fun, bonding experience. But as always, know your limits. What are your workplace policies? What are the legal requirements? Put a limit on any alcohol consumed. You’re letting them celebrate a horserace – Keep it classy and collected. The employees need to go to back to work at full capacity afterwards. You want your employees to feel like they’re trusted and respected enough to deserve a treat. However, don’t feel obliged to let your team kick back at 3pm.

To all you lucky Victorians out there who are revelling in a state wide public holiday, sit back relax and enjoy the show. Unless you’re not really into the race scene, then you can operate on a public holiday – just make sure you’re aware of rights and responsibilities. This article outlines the basics you need to know when working on public holidays.

If you have any questions relating to leave policies and alcohol in the workplace, our Telephone Advisory Team (TAS) is available 24/7 to ensure your November seventh runs as smoothly as possible.