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The “don’ts” of an office Christmas party

Well its official, the festive season is upon us. Adverts are on the screen and whilst I can happily ignore M&S and John Lewis adverts there’s one I can never ignore – the Coca Cola advert. Because when that comes on, you know it’s time to brave the attic and drag down the tree. Unravelling the Christmas lights (how do they get so tangled every year??), rushing around buying gifts for Christmas, the annual company Christmas party…

Oh we can’t forget that. The one time of the year where people seem to forget that the printer room at the office is not for personal use and there’s always that one person has far too much to drink. So to help you avoid after party drama and humiliation, we’ve put together a list of things not to do during your Christmas party.

Don’t go mental on social media

I know we live in an age of Facebook and Instagram but with that comes the unwanted photo tagging. Sometimes it’s funny but in a work a capacity it can be hugely detrimental, so try and avoid the person who is constantly on their phone and taking photos. Because whether by accident or not there may be bad/incriminating photos of you appearing on Facebook. We suggest turning on the “Approve photos before appearing on timeline” option on your Facebook before the big night out.

Don’t drink too much

We know, we know. It’s hard especially if the booze is free or being bought for you but try. Having too much alcohol tends to ruin your night and makes you feel terrible the next day. It also has a tendency to make you say and or do stupid things. So alternate between water and alcohol to keep yourself at a good level of tipsy.

Don’t use this as an opportunity to speak your mind

The boss is going to be there, she/he may seem like they are in a good mood and approachable but that doesn’t mean you should give them a piece of your mind. No matter how much of a good idea it seems: chances are they are going to remember the encounter and not be impressed that you told them where to “shove” their rules.

Don’t wear something inappropriate at the party

Yes, it’s a party but that doesn’t mean you can wear that you’d wear when out with your friends for example. So pick something pretty but modest. No plunging necklines, high slits or short miniskirts. Guys, you can do better than scruffy jeans and a t-shirt. Make an impression and wear a suit, if not then at least put on a blazer. After all, you want to appear like a smart professional don’t you?

For more tips on how to avoid being the mad man or mad woman during your company Christmas party then make sure you check out our infographic.

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