We’ve provided marquees for many, many Xmas parties and it’s only a month till Christmas whether you like it or not, that probably means your company will be hosting some kind of festive shindig. Whether it’s a party in the office or a meal at a posh restaurant, you can pretty much guarantee something eventful will happen.
But how do you make sure you’re not the talk of the office on Monday morning for all the wrong reasons? Obviously everyone wants to try and enjoy themselves at the party, but without over doing it, so read on to find out how…
1. Don’t drink too much!
This is a pretty obvious one, but drinking leads to accidents, embarrassment, crazy dancing, awful singing and pretty much anything else you can think of that you’re going to regret. Often companies will pay for alcohol, or at least give you drinks tokens, but don’t go too crazy or you’ll regret it. Remember, this isn’t a night out with your mates, it’s people you have to work with on a daily basis – many of whom might look up to you and respect you as a manager. Why not try alternating alcohol with soft drinks to ensure you stay at least semi-sober?
2. Be careful who you talk to
Obviously Christmas parties are a great way to meet people within your company you might not normally deal with, but be careful who you talk to. If you’ve had a couple too many, don’t then go up to the CEO and start telling him or her your life story. Be polite and talk to others, but if you do get tipsy stay with the people you usually chat to or spend lunchtime with at work.
3. Dress appropriately
Think about where the party will be held and dress appropriately for the venue. High heels and a skimpy dress won’t be appropriate at a posh restaurant. Similarly, turning up in jeans won’t look good if everyone else is in suits. If a dress code isn’t stipulated on the invites, ask around to see what other people are wearing.
4. Stay clear of Facebook…
The last thing you want when you wake up the next morning is to discover you’ve uploaded 20 pictures of you and your work friends downing cocktails and generally behaving badly to your Facebook account. If you want to share photos, wait until the next morning when you can look through them properly – your work friends will thank you for it and you’ll be very grateful as well.
5. Don’t get romantic
Considering the amount of time we spend at work, it’s no surprise so many couples meet in the office. But your work Christmas party is definitely not the place to make your feelings known to the person you’ve had the hots for all year. If they don’t feel the same you’ll just embarrass yourself and even if they do return your affections, it’s quite likely their sudden lust will be alcohol-fuelled. Remember, you’ll have to see them at work every day – so stay clear!
Christmas parties should be lots of fun and they will be – as long as you follow these few simple rules.