We all want to let loose with our colleagues during the Christmas party. But how loose is too loose? In order to avoid embarrassment and regrets, here is the lists of do’s and don’ts for your next office Christmas party. Remember, you have to see these people on a daily basis after the party is over.
- DO wear something appropriate. If you are not sure what the dress code is, ask the person hosting the party. You don’t want to be overdressed, but you don’t want to come in too casual either.
- DON’T drink too much. That Christmas punch may be mighty tasty, but if you feel yourself getting a bit tipsy, don’t go for another glass. The last thing you want to do is look sloppy in front of your co-workers and superiors.
- DON’T partake in the gossip. Even if this is social hour, you should still consider yourself in a professional environment. Don’t spread any type or rumors and don’t join in the conversation that your colleagues are having.
- DO talk about life outside of work. Instead of gossiping, talk about your family or things you enjoy out of the office.
- DON’T leave the party after an hour. Stay for a considerable amount of time. Leaving early makes you seem antisocial and not appreciative of the effort that has been put into the party. Relax and have fun!
- DO spend time mingling. This is a great opportunity to get to know your co-workers in a different environment other than work. You never know, you may form lasting friendships by mingling with others at your office Christmas party!
- DO enjoy your food. Even if you are watching what you eat, make sure you accommodate this date so you can enjoy your food. While no one will pressure you to try that delicious bacon wrapped shrimp, you can’t help but feel you are missing out if you decide not to try one.
- DON’T flirt inappropriately. Alcohol and socializing usually makes people bolder. Even if you are interested in someone, don’t overstep your boundaries. Especially if your job has a strict no dating policy among co-workers. Smile, chit-chat, but don’t do anything else you would regret the next morning.
- DON’T stay next to one person the entire night. Even if they are your office BFF, it seems clingy and anti-social. Break it up once in a while and talk with other people you know.
- DON’T play with your phone all night. Put the phone away for the night and enjoy the company of those around you. After all, that’s why you came in the first place!
- DO bring a gift as a token of appreciation. If the party was planned by someone at the office or is taking place in your superior’s home, bring a gift to show your gratitude. Chances are it took some time to get this Christmas party planned and you don’t want their effort to go unnoticed. The gift doesn’t have to be expensive, just thoughtful.
When it comes to holiday office party, always use your judgment. Do what you think is best and you should get by juuuuust fine!