The annual office Christmas party is coming up, so be prepared for dodgy dancing, festive jumpers and loose lips.
Although Christmas parties are fun and considered a laugh, there are plenty of opportunities for embarrassing mishaps that you’ll live to regret the following day.
Here are some dos and donts when it comes to your office Christmas party…
Do Dress To Impress
Dress smart – remember you are around your boss and colleagues so you want to avoid anything too risky. If in doubt ask your colleagues what they will be wearing and if all else fails you can’t go wrong with a Christmas jumper!
Don’t Get Over The Top Drunk
Christmas is a time to be merry but when it comes to alcohol and work dos, this can often lead to some embarrassing moments if not kept in check. Try to pace yourself and don’t let the mulled wine get the better of you and talk you into office politics.
Do Avoid Social Media
Social media can be great but you don’t want to come across as that person who documents the whole evening from behind a screen. Enjoy being in the moment, take the time to have fun and get to know your colleagues on a personal level.
Do Keep It Professional
Although a Christmas party is the time to unwind, remember who you’re with. You don’t want to get too familiar with your colleagues or behave inappropriately in front of your boss. Try to stay away from the gossipmongers if you’ve had a few drinks, you wouldn’t want to say something you might regret in the morning.
Don’t Make ‘The Move’
While there may be a lot of Dutch courage going around, an office party is not the time or place for a drunken hook-up. In a survey by Recruiting Times, 39% of people admitted to ‘intimate activity’ at the office Christmas party. Office flings can have a really serious effect on your career and reputation, so before you do anything, consider the consequences of your actions!
We all love free food but you don’t want to be remembered as the one who ate everything and left none for everyone else. While it’s a great idea to eat if you’re drinking alcohol, be mindful of your colleagues. They need to eat too!
Do Have Fun
Most importantly, have fun! Get involved in the festive games and have a boogie on the dancefloor with your boss. It’s important to let your hair down and forget about work. This is your chance to show your colleagues a bit of personality, show them the relaxed and fun side of you.
Do Arrange Travel To Get Home
Lastly, with all the free-flowing booze on offer it’s easy to forget how much you’ve drunk, even if you’re not feeling the effects. It’s best to be safe than sorry so make sure you have arranged transport for you and your colleagues at the end of the night. That way at least you will have a safe way of getting home if you’ve had one too many.
A great way to ensure you all get home safely is by hiring a private coach. Whether you need a simple shuttle service picking people up from different locations and dropping them off, or are looking to continue the party after on-board our luxury VIP coaches, we have a transport solution suitable for any office Christmas party.