“Tis the season to be jolly”, but it’s also the season to reacquaint ourselves with some good old party etiquette.
So, before you pick up your fancy dress costume, iron your best shirt or put on your party shoes, here are some handy Christmas party do’s and don’ts to make sure that your Christmas party is one to remember for all the right reasons.
Christmas Party Do’s;
- Go to the Christmas party if you can, as most managers do a mental head check as to who does and who doesn’t attend.
- Go to the party with a positive attitude – if its’ been a tough year for you, it has been an equally tough one for your colleagues, so don’t drag the side down with a downer attitude and millions of complaints.
- Use the party as a way to talk to people you hardly know, like Jill from the front desk or Jack from accounts. They are probably just as shy about talking to you as you are to them.
- Use the event to build relationships so your work time is fun and interesting.
- Be casual. Colleagues, like elephants, have long memories, so keep the conversation upbeat, light-hearted and apolitical. Alcohol and talking politics = not a good mix.
- Keep your hands to yourself: the office party, like any social situation, is not the time to go the grope.
- Be gracious and thank the people who deserve to be thanked and steer away from the evil office gossips. Life is too short.
- Keep your drink in your left hand so your right hand is available to do all that shaking, back-slapping and mild hugging.
- Bust out a few of your good dance moves on the floor – it will entertain your colleagues (robot dance anyone?)
- Be inclusive of those who may not be used to social situations. It can take just a smile and some nice conversation to make someone feel comfortable.
Christmas Party Don’ts;
- Use the office party as an excuse to list a backlog of whinges and complaints.
- Dive into your preferred weekend clubbing outfit especially if it’s a daytime, casual soiree. This is still business, but business with style and taste (stick to the dress code), so avoid dressing like a Kardashian on the red carpet.
- Talk business all day/night: you’ll soon wonder why everyone is avoiding you.
- Get into really controversial subjects (religion, politics, reality TV) as mixed with a few bevies they may not go down well.
- Grab a drink, party pie, sushi, canapés and napkin all in one go. You are not an octopus and the food will come around again.
- Mix drinks: it’s a sure-fire way of getting (non) elegantly wasted before home time.
- Never, ever, ever, ever use the Christmas party to ask for a pay rise or job re-assessment (if your manager wants to give you good festive news, they will!)
- Post a million pictures of the office soiree on your various social media accounts – no-one really cares, apart from you and your colleagues.
- Be the last to leave, no matter how good a time you are having and always leave with your shoes on.
- Chuck a sickie the next day and instead, take the day in lieu or nicely ask for a later start, if your Christmas party is on weekday/night.
Enjoy the office Christmas party; it’s a great opportunity to celebrate the year’s successes and to socialise with your colleagues. Celebrate the year that was and the one to come. Make it memorable for all the right reason.