Nine Tips To Survive Your Office Christmas Party

November 28, 2018 | Lifestyle

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It’s that time of year again, so here are our top nine tips to surviving the annual Corporate Christmas Party event …

Tip 1: Mingle

Try to avoid hanging around with the people you normally associate with for the entire party.

You never know, you might find that you have more in common with other coworkers than you think. So, take the opportunity to network and mingle.

Tip 2: Talk about anything other than work

The best way to bore the pants off people is to talk about work.

It’s a party (even though it’s a work event). Surely you can find something more interesting than work to talk about!

Image of colleagues mingling at an office party | Surviving an office christmas party article

Tip 3: Let your hair down (… but not too much)

By all means, have a few drinks. But not too many.

It can be so tempting when there are free drinks on offer, but remember, you’ll have to face everyone at work on Monday! And the last thing you want is to say or do something that will get you in hot water.

So, pace yourself, and make sure that you don’t drink on an empty stomach. If you’re not sure that you’ll be able to control yourself, arrange for someone to keep an eye on you (and offer to do the same for them).

You should also be prepared to call it a night when you’ve had enough. It’s always better to have one less drink than one too many!

Tip 4: Dress appropriately

It’s still a work party, so avoid anything that’s too revealing. And if your company has decided on a dress theme for the party, make sure to make an effort.

Tip 5: Be careful with flirting

Parties and flirting are fun. But when the scene comes with colleagues attached you may find yourself flirting with trouble (pardon the pun).

So, just because the mood is relaxed, be very careful about how you interact with your co-workers. At the very least, you’re likely to be the water cooler topic on Monday. And at the very worst, inappropriate drunken advances or comments could land you in trouble, as well as make your ‘target’ feel uncomfortable.

Tip 6: Mind your language

Go easy on the swearing, even when you’re letting your hair down. Also be careful if you want to tell crass or politically incorrect jokes – it’s easy for people to take offence, even if you didn’t intend any.

Tip 7: Put your phone away!

Surely you do not need to be constantly checking your emails or your social media accounts. So, do not bury your head in your phone, talk to the people you’re with at the party instead.

Also, if you’re phone’s out, don’t be tempted to take or post any inappropriate photos of your colleagues – this type of behaviour can land you in big trouble!

Image of an iPhone face down on a table | Surviving an office christmas party article

Tip 8: Plan your escape route

Make sure you’ve planned how you’re going to get home from the party beforehand (and that you haven’t accidentally left your house keys back at the office).

Tip 9: Have fun!

Even if you’d prefer to have root canal surgery than socialise with some of your colleagues, get in the Christmas spirit and just try to have fun. An office Christmas party only happens once a year.

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