Jessica Tabinor officeparty
We all know the work Christmas party is a great chance to let your hair down, get to know your colleagues and enjoy the festivities before it’s back to work.
However, for many employees, the idea of spending an evening with the same people they make chitchat with over brewing tea in the kitchen is a daunting prospect, especially if it involves karaoke, fancy dress or god forbid, a magician. Therefore, with every office having its own work Christmas party folklore, how do you keep your professional reputation intact whilst having a good time with your colleagues?
Here are our top 10 tips on surviving your work Christmas party…
1. Make an effort
It’s all too easy to make your excuses and not go but attending events like this is detrimental to building good relationships at work which as a result, will have a positive effect on your work too!
2. Don’t go crazy
That means, don’t drink too much and refrain from doing anything you might regret in the morning. It’s still a work-related party so who knows who’s watching over you.
3. Dress appropriately
Just make sure you know what the dress code is, if there’s a theme, try your best to follow it because it will make you feel a lot more comfortable on the night.
4. Make it a social media free zone
Put your phone away for the night. You don't know what you might put on social media and whether it's good or bad, you don't want to be embarrassed in the morning.
5. Don’t talk about work
You’ve been discussing work all week, it’s a cardinal rule, a Christmas party is a work-free zone!
6. Stay away from office gossip
It’s easy to get caught up in gossip but it’s never going to end well, so stay away from it.
7. Make sure you line your stomach!
We’ve mentioned don’t drink too much but a good way to ensure the alcohol goes down smoothly is to make sure you have something decent to eat first. It’s a good idea to find out if there will be food and the party and if not, get something beforehand.
8. Speak to everyone
Use this as an opportunity to catch up with your team and those people you always say hi to in the lift. It’s a great way to network and build relationships you wouldn’t usually have the chance to.
Don’t over analyse when your boss didn’t say hi straight away or you’re the only one wearing black, worrying gets you nowhere. Just relax.
10. Have an amazing time!
Finally, have a good time and allow yourself to let your hair down. You’ve worked hard all year so enjoy it!