Attending Company Event After Work

Attending Company Event after Work

QUESTION Dear HR Professionals, Our company is arranging a company event from 5pm to 8pm. Official working time is till 5.30pm. One of the HR personnel cum committee member wants to announce to all staff that attendance to the company event is compulsory & only employees who has approved Annual Leave do not need to attend the company event. It is anticipated that the activity is happening after working hours, many employees are not happy as it eats up personal time. Those who are not willing to attend will choose to apply annual leave. There are also some who will ask the committee to re-consider activity to happen during office hour. I am trying to understand, in a HR’s perspective and best practice: 1. If it is employer’s right to justify that company event is compulsory after working hours 2. Are employees obligated to join this company event, considering point (1). 3. Are employees obligated to join the event considering point (1) and employees (majority) did not give consent to the “5pm to 8pm”? 4. Must all company events happen during office hours? Unless with employee’s consent Thank you. EM     REPLY 1 I would think that in order […]

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