What not to do at the office Christmas party

The festive season is almost upon us, and that can only mean one thing: the office Christmas party is imminent! You’ve worked hard all year and the company are rewarding you with an all expenses paid party. It’s a chance to let your hair down and join your colleagues in getting into the Christmas spirit; however, there are a few rules that you should abide by when it comes to the office Christmas party…

  • Don’t get too drunk: Yes we know there is a free bar, but that doesn’t mean you have to drink the contents of it yourself! We all know the dangers of drinking too much alcohol; it lowers your inhibitions and makes you do things that you’d never dream of doing when sober. Keep an eye on how much you’re drinking and have one soft drink for every alcoholic drink.
  • Don’t eat like a pig: No matter how delicious the food is you should try to remember your manners. Don’t pile your plate up leaving no food for the rest of the party, and certainly don’t get caught stuffing a napkin full of vol au vents into your handbag. This does not contribute to your image as a classy employee who knows how they should be representing the company in public!
  • Office party doesn’t equal ladder climbing: Just because the directors of the company are present at the office party it doesn’t mean that they’re open to becoming BFFs with you. Say hello, thank them for a great party, and get on with enjoying your night with dignity. Don’t use the office party as an opportunity to pitch your ideas to the company director – he’s there to blow off some steam just as much as you are!
  • Don’t cop off with a co-worker: Hitting on your equally inebriated colleagues at the office Christmas party has always been a big no-no; but in the age of the smartphone and instant access to social media it’s a potential career killer! You may see it as a cheeky kiss under the mistletoe with Dave from IT, but your colleague with the iPhone has just caught you on camera and you’re all over Facebook within seconds.
  • Don’t drink and drive: If the office party is a straight from work thing then make sure you travel to work using alternative means that day, or leave your car at work and collect it over the weekend. Alternatively you could arrange to stay with a colleague who lives closer to the office than you, or book a room at a nearby hotel. Getting arrested for drink driving will not only get you a criminal record and points on your license, it’ll most likely lead to you losing your job too so it is never worth the risk!