Dad dancing, free bars, and loose lips: it’s the time of the office Christmas party! Many companies now choose to throw their office Christmas parties after Christmas, perhaps as a way of motivating their employees or to ensure that all work that is needed to be finished by Christmas is done so (as we do know that the day after the Christmas party there is very little productivity…). Therefore, with your office Christmas party fast approaching, we’ve put together a short guide on etiquette for your festive ‘do.
Don’t Skip It
Christmas parties are often organised well in advance, so unless you’ve got a legitimate reason for not going, you should go! You may not want to go, but it does show your commitment to the company and it’s an opportunity to grow closer with those in higher up departments. Also, sometimes a great night out is all it takes to turn work friends into real friends.
Do Dress Appropriately
Even if you’ve had a crush on Mike from Sales for aggeeess, it’s no excuse to wear that super low cut slinky dress. Dress appropriately, like a glammed-up version of you at the office! If you’re particularly nervous about the dress code, have a chat with other people in your department to see what they’re wearing.
Don’t Get Too Smashed
This is definitely the single biggest etiquette mistake people make at office work parties: getting too drunk. Now, we understand that there is an open bar and that is there to be taken advantage of. By all means, have a few drinks and get merry. However, do bare in mind that you are still being watched by your superiors and you are still accountable for your actions- after all, you are still representing your company at the office work party. Even if your boss is so drunk they can’t walk straight, you need to remember to stick to your limits!
Do Be Sociable
Even if you hate everyone you work with (unlikely), it’s important that you don’t stay with your eyes glued to your phone all night, or just sit in the corner alone. This is your chance to mingle with people you didn’t previously know. Saying that, if you do end up in a good chat with your colleagues do be sure to avoid any office gossip or rumours. Stick to small talk with a few ice breakers, such as children, holidays, and Christmas plans.
The most important tip of all: enjoy yourself! The office Christmas party is a chance to let your hair down and relax after a long year of work. Make sure you thank the host of the party or follow up with a thank you email the next day. Merry Christmas!
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