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We're slowly approaching that time in your corporate calendar when business mixes with pleasure. Needless to say with that day comes a certain etiquette, IF you want to spare yourself some good old Christmas drama, that is.
Firstly, do go to your Christmas Office Party! Even if you'd rather stay home and cuddle up with a hot chocolate on a cold winter night, use this opportunity to see your work space and the people within it in a more relaxed atmosphere. People will appreciate you turning up, even if only for one or two hours!
Don't talk about work the whole time. Although it is a night out with your work colleagues, try to keep the work-talk at a minimum. Use this opportunity to get to know your colleagues on a more personal level. Who knows, you might find yourself a new work bestie!
Do small talk with someone you haven't met yet! It's always tempting to stay with the colleagues you already know, but that's not really the point of the party is it? It's an opportunity to talk to someone who doesn't work in your department or with whom you never really chat during working hours.
Don't get hammered. Now that's an important one. Needless to say, it is still a corporate event. You don't necessarily want to end up embarrassing yourself in front of your work colleagues. Avoid any unnecessary drama and post-night-out anxiety of having done something wrong. Moderation is key.
Do dress appropriately. Follow the dress code if there is one. If it's a costume party play along. If it's black tie, dress up! Make an effort, it's one of the only nights you get to see your work colleagues outside of the office.
Don't gossip. There's always bound to be a group of gossipers at a work party. Avoid them. You don't want that kind of energy on the one night out you get to have with your work colleagues. Just move on and have a nice time!
Do make it to work the next day. It's a bummer if the party is in the middle of the week and you have to go to work the day after. Know when to call it a night so that the day after you turn up and make it on time to work.
Don't drink and drive. You'd think it's a no-brainer, but booze is free at office parties and you might be tempted to overdo it and get behind the wheel. Organize your journey home in advance so that you can drink with a good conscience OR not drink and get home at a decent hour.
And last but certainly not least, do have fun! Enjoy those rare occasions where you see your work colleagues to have some fun and talk about something else than work. At the end of the day, they're also just people who like to have fun once in a while!
And for your pleasure, here's a snippet from The Office and how, in my humble opinion, an Office Christmas party should look like ;)