How to survive the office Christmas party

Published: 13 Dec 2017 By Illesse Uppal

It’s nearly here. The party that will be the talk of the office throughout January maybe even for years to come!

Get it right, and you’ll strengthen your connections with colleagues. Get it wrong and it’s one you may never live it down.

Everyone has heard the horror stories about employees being fired following a Christmas Party faux paus.

That’s a lot of pressure, right?

Fear not, follow our tips and you’ll be on to a winner.

1. Don’t party too hard.

The office Christmas party is a great opportunity to let your hair down and celebrate the great work that you’ve done throughout the year. Mingle with colleagues you don’t work with day-to-day and get into the festive spirit.

However, don’t fall into the trap of forgetting where you are and partying too hard.

This is an OFFICE party after all. Although you are free to have a good time, your behaviour still reflects on you as a professional.

2. Keep it classy

Following on from the previous tip, ensure you remain professional and classy. It’s okay to have a joke between colleagues, but forgo any offensive language and off-colour jokes. You don’t want to ruin your working relationship with a colleague because of a distasteful remark.

3. Dress appropriately

Dust off your Christmas hat and snowman tie.

Adding a bit of extra zing to your office attire will put you in the party mood. Just make sure that the length and neckline are appropriate.

You can go wild on your weekend nights out but keep it sensible at the Christmas party as you still reflect the company brand

4. Limit work talk

Ok, we’ve talked about staying professional, but that doesn’t mean its not still a party. Your colleagues are there to have a good time and don’t want you reminding them about the report due on your desk first thing Monday. If it can wait until another time, don’t bring it up at the party.

5. Mingle

We all have our office besties and the cliques we gravitate towards in the office. You’ll naturally stick by them, but make sure you use the office party to engage with colleagues you may not usually talk to. This will help you to build more connections within your role and paint you as a team player.

One final tip from us is to stay away from social media! At the office party, you are a brand ambassador for your organisation and any drunken or inappropriate photos on facebook could have disastrous consequences come Monday.

Have fun! 

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