Surviving the Office Christmas Party

It’s the time of year when we get to relax, eat drink, spend time with friends, family and be merry for a few days before heading back to the office in the New Year, refreshed and ready for the new challenge. It’s also the time of year that we celebrate a great year with our work colleagues.

The office Christmas party is usually fraught with dodgy dancing, tipsy directors and plenty of alcohol. So how does one survive this minefield of embarrassment and navigate through the treacherous, career limiting obstacles laid ahead of them on this most perilous of social events.

A study by CIPD found that 1 in 10 people know someone from their organisation who has either been disciplined or sacked for inappropriate behaviour at the Christmas do

We’ve put together a few tips to help you come out the other side retaining your job and dignity.

Office Gossip

Avoid this at all costs. Keep small talk general and as broad as possible, it is all too easy to get caught up in the celebratory atmosphere and confess your sins to your colleagues. This almost always ends badly, so best just to refrain from such chatter. The fact is, you don’t know how all the dynamics work in your office so a throw away comment could come back to bite you.

Alcohol Consumption

A good rule of thumb is to stay at least two drinks behind your boss or client. This is just a guide, please drink at your own pace. Alcohol is often the main antagonist at the Christmas party. People tend to forget that it is a work event and thing “free food, free drink – let’s be merry”. Make sure you stay within your limits and if your party is on a weeknight, either book the next day off or ensure you can still perform at work the next day.

Dress Code

Find out what it is and stick to it. Simple. It’s not the time to try out that hilarious tie or that “is this a bit short” skirt. There is nothing worse than turning up and feeling like you stick out, make sure you speak with your colleagues beforehand to get an idea of what other people are wearing and only go in fancy dress if it has been officially sanctioned.

Attendance and Duration

Sometimes you might not feel like attending a work party, perhaps you’re not enjoying working for the company or maybe you are just not a party person. In that case the Christmas party can become a bit of a chore, but even if attendance is optional you should always attend. It will show you are part of the team and is good for morale, yours included.

That being said, if you are going try not to leave too early, especially if you are having a sit down meal – you don’t want to be branded antisocial. Company parties tend to be expensive for the business and a lot of time and effort goes in to organising them – it’s polite to turn up and smile.

So there you have it. Follow these guidelines and you should be able to get through the night with your job, reputation and integrity intact.

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photo credit: By Poznyakov

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