The Christmas Party Season has well and truly started, if you are heading out with your place of work over the next few weeks here a few do’s and don’ts that we strongly recommend:
Do: Take Advantage of the Free Meal
They say there’s no such thing as a free lunch but what about a free Christmas Dinner? Don’t feel guilty about tucking into the most expensive thing on the menu, opportunities like this only come once a year. A full belly will also help if you plan on celebrating the night with a few drinks and don’t want to wake up with the fear the following morning.
Don’t: Take Advantage of the free alcohol
If you are lucky enough to work somewhere that does a Christmas free bar then it’s easy to overindulge as you take a new found liking to mulled wine and Christmas cocktails. Just keep reminding yourself that the people who surround you tonight will be sitting next to you in the office Monday morning. Do you really need that Irish Coffee at 2am with a double shot of whiskey?
DO: Be Professional
You are either out with your boss and need to remind them they made a good call hiring you or you are the boss and you need to show the team that you are the leader they hopefully look up to. Either way, common sense needs to prevail here.
Don’t: Talk about work all-night
Look its fine if it’s an ice breaker to a crowd you might not know that well but don’t make it the hot topic of the night. The last thing your colleague wants to hear about is your global strategy for the next quarter as you stuff your face with finger food.
Do: Avoid the mistletoe
Just stay away, it is not worth the drama or possible call from HR.
Try not to get emotional. If you do feel like a little cry, head somewhere private and maybe order water next. It’s a clear sign you’ve had too much fun and let’s not get forever branded as “that one that cried at the Christmas Party”.
Do: Book your taxi home in advance
A lot of Christmas Parties are going to be happening over the next few weeks. Getting a lift home will be near impossible with everyone on the streets hoping to do the same. Take the pressure off and book a time where you know you’ll have had enough.
Don’t: Drive home if you have been drinking
If you are going to drive home then please don’t drink and drive. Even one drink is too many and its not worth the risk to yourself or others.
The Christmas Party is a time for enjoying yourself and for the company you work with to celebrate the good things that happened this year. You’ve earned this night so have fun!