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Christmas Party Survival Guide

‘Don’t get drunk and naked’ – work Christmas party survival guide 

It’s the time of the year when workplaces across Australia start to unwind and celebrate their hard working employees by throwing the annual Christmas party. Whilst it’s a great opportunity to socialise outside the workplace with your boss and work colleagues.

Here are some top tips to survive the Christmas party and still have a job

  1. Drink responsibly: Feel free to have a few drinks with your colleagues if that’s your preference just make sure you remain in control of your behaviour. No matter how well you think you handle alcohol, the simple truth is when intoxicated you are entirely more likely to behave in ways you will later regret.  
  1. Understand there is a time and place for everything. Being sexually overt is unlikely to impress many.  Unwelcome advances, public declarations of lust and ‘getting it on’ on the dance floor are unlikely to earn you respect. 
  1. Be polite and grateful. If you are unhappy with the choice of event, venue or catering, keep your thoughts to yourself.  Broadcasting disapproval and failing to be grateful is unlikely to be well received from the people organizing the event and the people they work for. 
  1. Dress well. Avoid being provocative.  The work Christmas party isn’t the ideal time to make a statement with your clothes. The outfit you choose reflects not only your fashion sense but also your judgment skills.  Assess what is culturally appropriate for your organisation and dress accordingly. It’s never appropriate to take your clothes off.
  1. Be on time. Don’t panic if you’re running a little late, but appreciate also that turning up well into the event is rude and likely to be frowned upon. Arriving during the speeches to a meal that has gone cold waiting for you will probably be noticed. Treat your hosts with respect and have the courtesy to let them know if you will be late. 
  1. Stay a while. It’s unlikely to go down well if you leave too early.  Spend enough time to demonstrate appreciation for the effort that has been made.  Don’t underestimate the extent to which your ability to be a team player is judged by your efforts to mingle and spend time with your colleagues.
  1. Remembers your manners.No matter how enticing the buffet, don’t over indulge.  Gluttony is unattractive to most people.  Eating with your hands (unless its that kind of meal), leaping on the last piece of cake or burping after a swig of beer are all likely to have people questioning your maturity.
  1. Be nice & don’t start arguments. If you have a problem with a colleague hold your tongue and deal with it at a more appropriate time.  It’s beyond poor form to take up issues while people are trying to relax and celebrate.   As tempting as it may be, the Christmas party is not a good time to deliver constructive feedback to your boss either.  Doing it drunk can have disastrous ramifications for your career come Monday morning.

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