Love them or Loathe them….It's Christmas Party Time
One of my very favourite tasks in the last position I had before I became self-employed was organising the office Christmas party. It is quite fulfilling but at the same time daunting to be given a pot of your employer’s money to spend, knowing that everything depends on you and whether you have chosen a venue and entertainment that is to everyone’s tastes. Of course not everyone enjoys (or will admit to enjoying) socialising with their work colleagues, even at Christmas, but for everyone about to attend their office party in the next few weeks here are a few obvious but helpful tips to bear in mind to ensure a successful party!
Hopefully the organiser has advised everybody of the dress code but unless it is definitely fancy dress, smart/casual is a safe bet and make sure you stay away from revealing outfits.
The drinks may be on your boss but don’t get carried away (or carried out) by letting your hair down a little too much. Have a soft drink in between rounds. Your head (and possibly your reputation) will thank you for it in the morning!
Keep your phone away!
It’s OK to take a few photos on your phone to make memories but DON’T Post, Text or Tweet when you are under the influence! It might seem a great idea at the time but even if you delete it in the morning, somebody may already have sent it out around the world or taken a screenshot. Please don’t risk it.
Kissing under the Mistletoe
If you wouldn’t kiss your colleague in the office, why would you do it at the Christmas party? If you must declare your undying love for a work mate, don’t do it in full view of the rest of your colleagues. At best you will be the subject of the Monday morning gossip in the office; at worst there could be the potential for a claim of sexual harassment.
Be nice - it's Christmas!
You can’t please everyone and this year’s party might not be quite to your taste but don’t be miserable and moan. Your employer has shown their gratitude to you for your hard work during the year by providing a lovely party for you; don’t forget to show your appreciation at the end of the evening and thank them before you leave.
Have Fun, Stay Professional, and Be Safe.
Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!