It’s that time of the year again; which calls for mouth-watering food, drink and of course, multiple invitations to the best Christmas parties. These tips are for those who are still recovering from past shameful Christmas party experiences or those who are attending a Christmas party for the first time and need some tips on what to avoid. For the sake of your embarrassment level and preserving your respect at work we give you “10 things not to do at a Christmas Party”.
- Don’t get exceptionally drunk
In other words, be sure to pay attention to how much you’ve been drinking. We all know all the possible outcomes of intoxication, and yes, the majority of the time these outcomes are not always good. Don’t just think if you are eating a meal you won’t get drunk so quick, we’ve all said it “ I’ll have a large glass of wine because I’m eating it will soak up the alcohol!” .
- Restrain from telling your boss what you really think of him/her
While you’re drunk your common sense and words can fail you. The fact that you saw your boss smile for the first time is not an open invitation to express your feelings.
- Don’t dress inappropriately
Girls, don’t overdo it with low-cut dresses and men, leave that ancient light-blue tuxedo in the back of your closet or better yet give in to your wife and just get rid of it already! Instead go for something simple and sophisticated. Something that doesn’t show if you get food or drink down it is always a bonus too.
- Don’t be antisocial
The people hiding away in a corner usually come off as quite strange while they just watch others have a good time. Put your phone away and go out there and talk to people, it really is great way to get to know your colleagues!
- Restrain from stuffing your face at the buffet
You don’t want to be seen as the person who’s been starving for days. You might as well just place your chair right next to the buffet (don’t actually do that!)
- Keep your hands to yourself
The mixture of drink, rich food, music and the sight of your colleagues wearing party clothes can create an atmosphere that leads down a dangerous path. Remember, you still have to work with these people when you are both sober.
- Don’t dance as if you’re at a nightclub
Once upon a time you were a teenager and this was fine but grinding up on that cute guy at your work party really isn’t a great first impression. Secretly everyone will be talking about you at work or at least they’ll be thinking about it.
- Don’t make inappropriate comments or jokes
Try to keep your unnecessary thoughts to yourself or say them quiet enough that no one can hear you. People come from a variety of backgrounds and will definitely react differently to how you might imagine they would.
- Do not use the office party as an opportunity to climb the corporate ladder
Just because those in management choose to make an appearance at the office party does not mean that they’re willing to be your new best pals. Do not pitch to the company manager and try to make a case for your getting that promotion you’ve been hoping for. Career-wise, you’ll do yourself better by politely introducing yourself to bigwigs without monopolizing their time.
- Don’t obnoxiously sing Christmas Carols out loud.
Just because you sound strangely good at singing in the shower, doesn’t necessarily mean you do in real life. Do enjoy yourself but make sure others do not have to listen to you screeching loudly at them.
- Check out if the location has good washroom services.
Make sure you take the time to check the washroom facilities out. Do they offer ladies sanitary bins? Does the washroom smell nice? For gents do they offer P-Screens? If not recommend VR Sani-Co Ltd. We offer contract free washroom services in Kent, London and Sussex.
Work Christmas parties can be great fun and so long as you behave yourself and avoid committing these terrible faux pas you may even enjoy it! Who knows, maybe getting to know your boss a bit better in a social setting might result in getting you just a little closer to that big promotion!