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13th November, 2019

Christmas parties: A survival guide

The Christmas Party is the cornerstone of any workplace. It’s the one night of the year where you can let your hair down with your workmates and celebrate how hard you’ve all worked for the past 12 months. But we all know that the Christmas party can be a breeding ground for gossip to keep the whole office going for the next 12 months!

So, how do you avoid being the one that everyone is gossiping about? Check out our survival tips for the Christmas Party to make sure you come out unscathed…

DON’T

Do what you wouldn’t usually do

If you’re not usually a big drinker, the Christmas Party is definitely NOT the time to suddenly get a taste for Tequila. Trust your instincts – if you know having a few too many makes you vomit, or cry uncontrollably, or perform Travolta-esque moves on the dance floor perhaps give it a miss!

Use it as an opportunity to air your views

Perhaps your boss has overlooked you for a promotion. Or maybe one of your co-workers has not been pulling their weight all year. As tempting as it is, the Christmas Party is not the place to raise those issues. Issues in the workplace should be dealt with in the workplace, not at 2am at a bar after far too many Jagerbombs. Trust us!

Make a move!

You’ve got an office crush. You’ve been making eyes at them across the photocopier for a whole year, and now your moments come. All dressed up, the drinks are flowing, could there BE a more perfect moment? Well, yes actually! Consider what could happen if you strike out. Are you really ready to spend the next 12 months or more avoiding the object of your affections? And what if they reciprocate but then turn out to not be the dreamboat you thought they were? Awks!

Bunk off work the next day

You’ve had a great night, you’ve made it home in one piece…and then your alarm goes off for work the next morning. Your head is pounding and you can still taste the last shot you decided was a good idea at 3am. So, having a cheeky day off is probably a good idea, right? Wrong! Firstly, if you call in sick everyone will automatically assume it is because of the night before. Secondly, whatever happened the night before, it’s better to face things head on and not put it off. It is never as bad as you think it’s going to be!Christmas parties

DO

Go!

Even if it’s not really your thing, you should make the effort to go to the Christmas Party. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get to know your workmates outside of the workplace. And it can be a great chance to feel great about what you do for a living and celebrate your achievements.

Talk to people you might not usually talk to

If you work at a large company, it’s quite likely that you’ll go to the Christmas Party and not know half of the people in the room. It’s the perfect opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. Go and talk to some new people, get to know the rest of the people in your company. Not only will you potentially meet some new friends but you may meet some people that can help you in the workplace. It’ll certainly make those awkward meetings with other departments a little easier!

Make a plan

In order to really enjoy yourself, sometimes you need a plan. And that’s alright. Whether it’s planning your escape from the festivities ahead of time in case it becomes too much, or maybe having food before you go to avoid awkward conversations about your eating habits, just do it. Just because it’s a big night out it doesn’t mean that you have to feel uncomfortable. It’ll help you have a better, more enjoyable night.

Be diplomatic and avoid confrontation

You might have decided not to bring office politics to the party, but it doesn’t mean everyone else is doing the same. So be on your guard for your colleagues letting rip. And, whatever you do, don’t get sucked into it! Keep an eye out for any trouble and either stay away or try to dilute it. And, if all else fails, get the DJ to play ‘Oops Upside Your Head’ – that’ll break up any argument and get everyone on the same side!

We hope you all have a fantastic Christmas Party, whatever your company is planning. And, if anything does go wrong and you need to look for a new job in the New Year, you know where we are…!

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