It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! After a year of hard work, the office Christmas party is a great way to relax and let your hair down with the people you work and spend your days with in a more casual environment.
Before we get on to what not to do, the first rule of the office Christmas party is to have fun and enjoy yourself - ‘tis the season to be jolly after all!
But just remember – you want it to be a night to remember for the right reasons, and you’ll have to face your colleagues again in the morning! So apart from the obvious tip of not getting too drunk and embarrassing yourself, here are five things NOT to do at your office Christmas party!
1. Not turn up
You may not want to go, but office Christmas parties are organised to reward and recognise your hard work during the year. It’s also an opportunity to get to know your colleagues better in an informal environment, so unless you have other plans that you absolutely cannot miss, you should at least show your face. If you genuinely cannot go, then tell your boss or party planner well in advance.
2. Look bored and be anti-social
Watch your body language - don’t frown, slouch, sit in a corner alone or have your eyes glued to your phone the whole night; even if you’re new and don’t know many people or don’t like your co-workers – the party is an opportunity to get to know the people you spend every working day with!
3. Gossip and bad mouth colleagues and clients
Always be yourself but also make sure that the conversations you make during the party are appropriate. Although it’s in an informal setting, the office Christmas party is still a business event so you must keep your professionalism. Don’t be a Scrooge - keep the conversations upbeat and positive!
4. Post photos or comments online that could get you in trouble
Even if you may not be friends with your colleagues or boss on social media, you must still be careful as you might be a friend of a friend. Negative comments could get you or someone else into trouble so you also don’t want to post any inappropriate photos of your colleagues drinking too much or being silly, especially without their permission.
5. Forget to acknowledge the person / people who planned the party
Christmas office parties take a lot of organising and planning so make sure you say thank you and goodbye to whoever planned it! After all, the fun wouldn’t have been possible without them!
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