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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.
Longleys offer a great service that’s perfect for getting you to your office Christmas celebrations and home again. We don’t charge more at night or on weekends so it’s the perfect cab company for all your travel needs. Give us a call now on 01227 710777 and ask for a quote.
Posted by: Natalie Toman on Friday, November 29th, 2013
Although we know that we may be jumping the gun and yes we know it’s only November but being organised for Christmas isn’t such a bad thing is it?
December is one of the busiest months for a lot of people, whether it is trying to fit in family visits, attending Christmas parties, doing the Christmas shopping or taking the Kids to see Santa. But we all want to do some fun stuff too, so we have created a list of local Christmas events that will get you in the festive spirit.
The Gulbenkian cinema is showing a range of Christmas movies throughout December, starting with the much loved Christmas comedy ELF, staring Will Ferrell, on Monday the 2nd of December at 8:30pm. Tickets are £7.50, Consessions £6.50 and Students £4.50
For more details and information on other film showings contact the Gulbenkian theatre book office on 01227 769075, email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the website http://www.thegulbenkian.co.uk
What’s the best way to combine wild animals and Christmas? Well the answer to this is easy! Throughout December Howletts wild Animal Park are giving Kids the chance to meet Santa in his enchanted grotto. Santa will be merrily greeting families and giving away special Christmas gifts to children in his new grotto at the Jurassic Mine Gift shop.
Tickets are £5 for children and accompanying Adults go in for free. Each child will also receive a special gift.
For more information on this event and information on Howletts Wild Animal Park log onto http://www.aspinallfoundation.org/howletts
There is nothing more traditional than carol singing and where better to do it than in the magnificent Canterbury Cathedral. During December Canterbury Cathedral are hosting a selection of different carol services staring with the Princess of Wales Royal Regiment fundraising carol service on December the 4th. Doors open at 7pm with the main Service starting at 7:30pm.
For more information on this event and ticket prices email email@example.com or log on www.canterbury-catherdral.org.
With christmas comes Panto and this year the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury will be home to Jack and the Beanstalk. Don’t miss this year’s spectacular family pantomime, starring Samantha Womack (EastEnders), children’s favourite Phil Gallagher (CBeebies’ Mister Maker) and, back by popular demand, the much-loved Marlowe favourites, Ben Roddy and Lloyd Hollett.Last year’s production of Sleeping Beauty was seen by 84,000 people, so make sure you book early to see this giant of a pantomime. Shows start on the 29th of November and go all the way till January the 12th. Ticket prices vary.
For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the Marlowe Theatre website.
On the 22nd of December the Coca Cola Christmas truck will be at the Whitefriars shopping centre in Canterbury, where you’ll be able to have your picture taken next to it. Christmas helpers will be serving chilled drinks while you get in the festive spirit with the Christmas tunes.
For more information on this event click here
Longleys can assist you with your travel needs to any of these events, so give us a call to get a quote or to book your car. 01227 710777.
Posted by: Natalie Toman on Thursday, November 14th, 2013
It’s that time of year when we get to put on our gloves, scarfs and hats and venture out into the night to watch the fireworks. But with so many events on around the County it can be difficult to know which one to choose. We have put together a list of local events to help make that decision a little easier.
Bridge Primary School’s PTA has organised a firework display in Brewery Lane on Saturday, November 9. Gates open at 5.30pm. Tickets are £6 for adults, £3 for children and £15 for a family.
Fireworks on the Farm is taking place at Merton Farm on Saturday, November 2. Gates open at 4.30pm, before the bonfire is lighted at 5.30pm, and the fireworks start at 6.30pm. Tickets are £10 for adults, £5.50 for children.
Tyler Hill recreation ground is holding a bonfire and firework display on Saturday, November 2. Gates open at 5.30pm, and the bonfire will be lighted at 7pm, with fireworks at 8pm. Free parking will be available at the university.
A Fireworks Extravaganza is also taking place at the St Lawrence cricket ground on Tuesday, November 5. Hosted by kmfm Breakfast Show presenter Rob Wills, gates will open at 5.30pm with fireworks at 7.15pm. There isn’t any parking available at the cricket ground, but free shuttle buses will run from the New Dover Road park and ride site from 5pm. Tickets are £8 for adults, £4 for children aged two to 14, and £20 for a family.
Benenden Scouts are holding a bonfire and fireworks event at Glebe Field in The Street on Saturday, November 2. Gates open at 6.30pm, with the bonfire lighting at 7.30pm and the fireworks at 8pm. Admission is £5 for adults, £2 for children, free for under 5s.
Hampton School is holding a Halloween Firework Extravaganza on Friday, November 1. Gates open at 5.30pm and the first firework will be launched at 7pm. Tickets are £5.
A spectacular Charity Fireworks Display will take place at Mount Ephraim Gardens on Saturday, November 2. This year’s event will be choreographed to music with the theme of ‘Space’. Gates open at 6pm. Tickets are £12 or free for children under 14.
Fire! is the theme of this year’s Firework Spectacular at Leeds Castle near Maidstone. Visitors will be able to watch related images projected on to the castle and listen to a specially themed soundtrack of music, while a breathtaking display of fireworks is let off overhead. Gates open at 2pm, and the display starts at 5.30pm, on Saturday, November 9 and Sunday, November 10. There will also be afternoon entertainment and a wide range of refreshments available. Tickets are £18.50 for adults, £12 for children under 16, free for under fours. They must be pre-booked, by calling 01622 880008 or visiting www.leeds-castle.com
Remember remember the 5th of November gunpowder, treason and plot…also remember that Longleys don’t charge extra at the weekends. So book your car now!
Give us a call on 01227 710777
Posted by: Natalie Toman on Friday, November 1st, 2013