The season is coming up to start slacking off work to discuss outfits, men and timings for the highly anticipated Christmas Party. Spend a moment thinking about last year, and the year before. If it wasn’t you who turned up red-faced the following Monday – you made a lucky escape.
Dress to impress … your Boss!
By that, we mean to dress in a way that if your boss was stood having a conversation with you – he wouldn’t be squirming uncomfortably. Make sure you are totally sure on the dress code… showing too much flesh to our colleagues isn’t a good idea. You want to be known for your capability, not your cleavage!
Arrive (Nearly) Sober
It’s all well and good to say ‘Arrive Sober’…but it’s Christmas so having a glass of wine or a Baileys in your hand at all times is expected. Drink sensibly before you leave, because people tend to gather speed for drinking as they arrive at the event…and you don’t want to be making a fool of yourself before the ‘fashionably late’ senior directors have even arrived.
Be a conversationalist – Don’t tell jokes. We like to think we are entertaining, but too often the jokes are at the expense of someone else. What’s funny to one person can be offensive to another. And don’t gossip. You never know who’s standing behind you, or is having a secret affair with the person you’re talking about. If partners are invited, include them in conversation – it’s not just good manners, they can often have an influence on your career.
Dance like your Mum’s watching
When it comes to dancing it’s the time a lot of us get lost in the moment. Unfortunately, for some people it’s their moment and their moment to shine. Alcohol has the effect of making people think they are sexier and that they could probably win Strictly if they got half a chance. No one wants to see your version of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Dirty’. If you are bending down, bending forward, bending backwards, carrying someone or are being carried yourself… you need to get off the dance floor immediately and go grab some water.
If you are ‘Twerking’…. it’s too late for you…the damage has already been done. The only thing you can do now is ‘own it’! Be wrong… be strong!
Don’t be ‘That’ person
Don’t be ‘that’ person who gets totally off their face at every work event. You know the ones. You may also be that person who always gets asked to leave by HR. You may be funny and may think it’s funny, but trust me, it’s not going to get you very high up the career ladder… it’s also probably best you leave the company and start again a fresh somewhere else.
Christmas Party Romance
There will always be those who find love at the Christmas do – either publicly or privately, albeit temporarily the majority of the time. Let’s just say I’ve never had to buy my hat yet! Shenanigans with your work colleagues will not be private, will likely be talked about until the next Christmas party and can have a massive impact on your future working relations. If you are going to do it…. then at least wait till you get to your hotel room and not on the dance floor! Oh and make sure they are not on your team or a team you have to work with on a regular basis… but Shhhhhh.