Career Management

Whether you love or loathe the annual office Christmas party, there are some definite do’s and don’t about how to behave while you’re there. After all, if you want to keep your job, it’s important that you don’t do anything that will offend anyone from work or show yourself up!

Lucas Blake have come up with a few simple rules about how to survive your office party this year. So make sure you stick to them to save any embarrassment or sticky situations!

1) Don’t go overboard at the bar

Yes, Christmas is the time of the year to be merry, but getting too drunk in front of your colleagues can be dangerous territory! Drinking too much could result in you doing or saying something that you will regret the next day, so don’t go overboard. You should never drink on empty stomach either, so make sure that you eat something substantial that will line your stomach. This is where the buffet will come in handy!

2) Stay hydrated

It’s Christmas, so you’re probably going to want to enjoy a drink or two, but make sure that you drink plenty of water with any alcohol you consume during the party. Not only will it prevent you from getting dehydrated, but it will combat the negative effects of alcohol and no one wants to wake up with a killer hangover!

3) Avoid the mistletoe

Office romances or dalliances can lead to a lot of awkwardness in the workplace, so make sure you don’t do anything you will regret! Inhibitions are lowered when alcohol is flowing and it’s easy to let your judgement slip, so try to control yourself when Dutch courage is telling you to take the plunge with your office crush.

4) Don’t talk about work

The Christmas party is a time to let your hair down and celebrate the holiday season, so take a break from business! No one wants to spend the evening discussing things that should be kept to office hours or listening to somebody rant about all of their issues with the way things are running in the business. Have fun and forget work matters for the evening!

5) Be a social butterfly

Use the party as an opportunity to get to know your colleagues a bit better on a more personal level and to talk to people who you don’t usually spend time with. Striking up friendships at work makes it a lot more enjoyable and you may find that you have a lot in common with your co-workers.

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