Survival guide for the office Christmas party

Office Christmas party season is in full swing, and for some it is the highlight of their working year. For others, it is an ordeal to be endured, especially if attendance is mandatory. Socialising with people that you work with can be great fun if you all get on and have similar taste in music/your idea of fun/jokes. But it can be awful if you’re the new person that doesn’t know anybody, or you feel out of your depth with senior colleagues. Or even if you’re a senior manager that feels they don’t have anything in common with younger colleagues.

However you view the party, it often results in a lot of stories that go along the lines of “Do you remember when (insert name) made a complete fool of themselves?” or “Wow, I’ll never forget that party where ….”. So here are our top tips to help you stay out of the limelight for all the wrong reasons.

10 things NOT to do at the office Christmas party:

1. Dress inappropriately – find out what the dress code is if in doubt
2. Hog the karaoke microphone (especially if you’re not pitch perfect)
3. Make a pass at the boss
4. Accept a pass made at you by the boss!
5. Be obnoxious or rude to anybody, no matter how much you want to
6. Drink so much that you a) stumble or b) slur your words
7. Upload photos to social media that show your colleagues in a less-than-flattering light
8. Upload photos of yourself that you might regret later
9. Photocopy any of your body parts
10. Do anything that will make you the ‘tabloid news’ for the rest of the week, or even worse, go down in office history

Ways to make the office Christmas party work to your advantage:

  • Use it to make a personal connection your colleagues – find out about their hobbies, interests, family.
  • Show your softer side, especially if you’re normally quite straight laced at work. You don’t have to be an idiot, but show that you have a personality.
  • Make some new contacts – an informal environment is a great opportunity to chat to somebody that you might not normally have access to. Perhaps someone in a different department, or based on another site.


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