So, here is a question about how to handle an employee who enjoyed herself a little too much at the company party.
Two nights ago I hired a van to take my staff from our location to the company headquarters for the annual bash. We work for a wine and spirits company and the parties are notoriously well stocked with every conceivable libation.
My assistant is a young woman who took particular advantage of the free bar that night and on the way home in the van became belligerent when I refused to send our driver on a detour to a bar she wanted to be dropped off at. There were 13 of us in the van and we were all tired and ready to get home. When I told her that we would drop her off where we picked her up she began to taunt me and at one point hit me in the back of the head. It was obvious that everyone in the van was very uncomfortable although no one has mentioned it since.
I won't see her again until next week and I'm trying to figure out how to approach it. As an assistant she is invaluable, hardworking and dedicated. Overall we have a great working relationship. But I fear that we have become to informal with each other and that it has lead to her behaving as she did.
My question is this: Do I talk with about this or let it go and chalk it up to a holiday party novice? And how do I approach it. Is the feedback model sufficient or does this warrant a more formal reprimand?
Any constructive advice is welcome.