Of all the work parties, work Christmas parties are often the best and most celebrated. This year teams are looking forward to celebrating together after spending weeks and sometimes months working from home or under different working conditions.
With the Christmas season upon us the Red Wagon team have put together a few things to consider before your work party – otherwise known as top tips – to make sure you have a memorable night without derailing your career and becoming Monday’s gossip.
- Don’t drink too much
Christmas is a great time to sit back, relax and drink but taking this overboard is a big no no whilst you are at your office Christmas party. The drinks might be flowing, but that doesn’t mean you have to forget your limits and therefore, forget your night (no one wants to wake up the next morning full of regret and with a headache). Be mindful of how much you drink and make sure you drink water every now and then to keep yourself hydrated.
- Consider your mode of transport
Planning on having a drink or two? Make sure you have a transport plan that doesn’t involve driving yourself. Consider a rideshare service or taxi to get you home safely. Have to be somewhere the next morning? Be mindful of how much you drank the night before and get someone else to do the driving. Don’t take the chance, it could cost you your job.
- Dress to impress
The party might not take place during working hours, but the office Christmas party is still a corporate and professional event. If the party is themed, make sure you know the dress code, ask your manager or work bestie to see what they will be wearing. Dress to impress, go for festive and tasteful and keep your mankini at home.
- Remember to eat
Free food always excites everyone, but don’t act like you are never going to eat again and gorge yourself on the canapés. It’s a good idea to eat something before you arrive so you aren’t starving, and this also helps with those pre-dinner drinks; too much alcohol and not enough food is never a good mix.
- Keep your opinions to yourself
The Christmas party is a happy occasion where the vibe is meant to be positive so don’t ruin it by talking about others in a negative way. It’s easy to let loose after a few drinks and forget that you are at an office event. While it might be tempting to talk about Frankie from Finance or Adrian in IT, you’ll have to face these same people on Monday and you don’t want to lose their respect.
- Let your hair down… but not too much
One of the goals of an office party is to strengthen relationships, so make an effort to speak to people beyond your usual team, you might find some golden opportunities and new friends. Keep the conversation friendly and light – and keep your opinions on politics, religion, and your thoughts on your boss to yourself, they can have dire consequences when everyone returns to the office.
- Don’t pash your colleagues
Don’t make advances towards that person in sales, your boss, their spouse, married co-worker, or clients. This is not workplace Tinder so have fun without planning your next hook-up. It is important to make sure you’re not overstepping the boundaries at your Christmas party, especially after a few drinks as people tend to let loose a little more. Sexual harassment and sexual assault should never be tolerated in any workplace.
- Take a break from social media
While the latest Tik Tok dances can be fun, remember you’re still representing your company, even if the situation is relaxed. Put your phone down and enjoy the night. Your boss, clients or other colleagues might not want to see you dancing on tables or cartwheeling down the road at 3 am.
- Know when to go home and remember to say thanks
Call it a night before it gets too messy, you don’t want to be the last to leave. If your party is on a work night, pace yourself, you’ll be noticed if you turn up the next day with a hangover, or if you don’t turn up at all. Your management team or social club have put a lot of time and effort into creating a Christmas celebration so don’t try to leave first, you may look rude. Remember to say thank you to the organisers, it will mean a lot to them.
- Don’t embarrass yourself
“Don’t embarrass yourself’ should really be rule number 1 for any company gathering. Alcohol has a way of bringing out interesting behaviour. Pace your drinking, you want to stay in control – this isn’t the time to dominate the karaoke microphone or confess your workplace crush to the world.
Most importantly, remember to enjoy yourself!
Red Wagon Workplace Solutions wishes all our clients and friends a happy holiday season and a successful 2022!