Christmas Office Parties: The Rules.
The office Christmas party is one of the highlights of the professional social calendar and a staple of the festive season. But it seems this annual office blow-out can be as daunting as it is fun for some people, with over half confessing they avoid the festivities completely for fear of committing a faux pas in front of their colleagues.
Small talk woes and dance floor dread means many of us will shun the partying for the sofa in a bid to avoid festive fun altogether, with women more likely to stay away than men.
54% of us have made an excuse to avoid the office Christmas party.
1 in 10 admit to calling in sick following their work Christmas party.
More than 1 in 5 have misread the dress code in the style of Bridget Jones.
14 % of us fear mishaps under the mistletoe; while 17% worry we will make inappropriate remarks.
So to avoid any embarrassment we have complied a list of rules that should help you to enjoy your Christmas party without ruining your professional or personal reputation.
’Dos’ for the Christmas bash
1. Do make an effort to look smart and well-groomed, and ensure you adhere to the dress codes, if specified.
2. Do circulate and socialise, but keep it upbeat and general. Ask about families, children and holidays.
3. Do make the most of the opportunity to network with your colleagues and clients. Use small talk as a pleasurable way of making contact and cementing relationships.
4. Do ensure that you’re democratic in your mixing: this isn’t the place to schmooze your bosses and ignore your team.
5. Do your best to keep it upbeat and convivial – this isn’t the time of year to skulk moodily in corners and leave early…
Office party ‘Don’t s’
1. Don’t gossip, spread rumours or confess your sins.
2. Don’t let bonhomie turn into sleaze and keep goodnight kisses innocent.
3. Don’t hit the bar with a vengeance and remember if there isn’t going to be food at the party eat before you go! Alternate drinks with water and remember have fun and a few glasses, but don’t be the casualty everyone is talking about (and sniggering at) the next day. Most importantly remember it’s not just your personal reputation on the line!
4. Don’t outstay your welcome. If you feel the drink is taking its toll, heed the warning signs and get a cab before any late-night lasciviousness or boisterousness comes back to haunt you. It could also be a good idea to pre book a cab before hand.
5. Don’t crawl in hungover and late or worse, pull a sickie the following day, it’s unforgivably unprofessional and very obvious.
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