Do’s and don’ts
1. If your Christmas party is held straight after work, be kind to your co-workers – bring the following necessities to work to prep:
– a toothbrush – no one likes to have a conversation with Mr Bad Breath.
– re-apply deodorant – it is highly likely that you’ll throw your arms up at one point or another, whether it be whilst dancing or high fiving your co-workers.
– put on your face – in other words, touch up your make up.
2. Dress to the theme – if your party is themed, don’t be the party pooper who is too scared to laugh at themselves. Don’t be afraid to look ridiculous. Run with the pack and don’t be the odd one out – you will draw more attention to yourself if you don’t dress to the theme.
3. Bring everything with you (jacket, phone, wallet etc)– do not return to the office!
Last year, a junior team member at my firm, returned to the office after drinking copious amounts of alcohol. Our Christmas party was themed, so he was dressed head to toe in blue spandex (as an Avatar). At about 10:30pm, he decided he would go back to the office to pick up his jacket and phone but instead vomited all over himself, the office and the toilets. What made this worse was the fact that when he went to the toilets, he forgot his swipe pass and got locked out of the office. He passed out only to be found the next day by the cleaners who thought this “blue man” was some sort of intruder.
4. Talk to people you don’t know – “Hi, I’m X, I work in the X team. I don’t think we have met before?”
5. Avoid conversations that lead back to your work – yes, work might be a common feature of your relationship with your colleagues but sometimes it is nice to have other things to talk about – sport, food, travel, Christmas plans etc.
6. Enter quietly and leave discretely – it is not cool to be the first one at the party or the last one to leave.
7. Don’t abuse drugs or alcohol to the point that you do not remember what happened – remember, these people have to see you daily.
8. Stay off social media sites – some workplaces have strict social media guidelines – a dirty photo here or there could actually result in some sort of disciplinary action – be careful!
9. Eat! And drink! (Your boss is paying!)
10. Have fun!