Published on Jan 29, 2018
A time for revelry and celebration; the office Christmas party is a great opportunity to finally relax and get to know the colleagues you’ve been working with all year.
Whilst it’s important to enjoy yourself, it might be worth thinking about what the Christmas party means to your professional life and how it can help you in the future. It’s safe to say that if your boss can see you can behave appropriately whilst still enjoying yourself, he/she may well trust you with bigger clients or projects in the future.
Here’s the Office Christmas top 10 list of things not to do at the office Christmas party:
Being ‘fashionably late’ might give your boss and colleagues the impression that you don’t really care about the party. Arrive with everybody else and spend the first part of the evening mingling and getting to know people from different departments and teams.
Your mates down the pub might find it really funny, but your colleagues are likely to come from a wide range of backgrounds and have different beliefs and attitudes. You never know how people will react and insulting colleagues is not a great way to make friends.
Pace yourself and if you’re lucky enough to have a ‘free’ bar avoid abusing it– it may be free for you but more than likely the company will still have to pay for it. Silly, drunken antics may be funny at the time but your colleagues will be laughing at you, rather than with you, in the office the next day.
Try to avoid being tight with your money; show your generous side and buy a round at the bar. You might not get all the drinks back you are owed but your colleagues will certainly remember your generosity.
Lots of romances take place in the office but that doesn’t mean you need to make yours public at the Christmas party. If you do fancy one of your colleagues, enjoy spending time talking with each other or take their number to arrange a date outside of work hours.
This is your boss’ chance to relax too and putting pressure on him or her by talking shop can be irritating and stressful. Instead, enjoy intelligent conversation and talk about parts of your personal life you’re happy to share to help build a bond.
It’s very likely that the things you say will get passed around with your name attached to them and a new embellishment to the story. Avoid upsetting colleagues or being labelled the office gossip by sharing your own stories and personal news instead.
There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to talk with someone who is constantly checking their phone. Switch it off for the night and enjoy the company of your colleagues.
Save the revealing, low-cut dress or OTT powder blue tuxedo for your mate’s wedding or other parties with your friends. You don’t want to make an impression for the wrong reasons, so instead opt for something smart and sophisticated that will make you feel in control yet relaxed.
It’s a party after all so enjoy the evening, make some new friends and relax!
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