How to survive the office Christmas party

Posted on December 10, 2018 at 5:30 PM

The Christmas Office party can be a great way to relax and have fun during the festive season. Survival tactics for the Christmas party have two aims: to keep you healthy and to prevent severe embarrassment. Let’s look at some tips for surviving your office Christmas Party.

  1. Do not party too hard

    Even though drinking the free booze may seem like a good idea at the time – it is not. You are bound to say or do something you should not and will have to face the consequences afterwards. Making sure that you stay sober and upright will ensure you are not the one everyone’s whispering about on Monday morning around the water cooler.

  2. Do not talk about work

    The Christmas party is just that – a party. That means it is a social event, and not the place to get into the details of your team's latest project. Leave your professional baggage at the door and try to relax and have a good time. Show your colleagues that you are more than just an office bore and you really do have a personality buried somewhere beneath that suit.

  3. Do not jump your crush

    The Christmas party is not your opportunity to tell your secret crush what you would like to do to them behind closed doors. You risk regret, rejection, humiliation, or worse. Be careful – very careful – about taking your flirting too far. Just because you are feeling lascivious does not mean others are sharing your mood – and even if they are, this is not the time or place for drunken hook-ups.

  4. Dress appropriately

    Even though the work Christmas party is a social affair, you are still with your colleagues and your boss and it is simply not appropriate to wear anything too revealing. Save your sexy clothes for when you are out clubbing with your friends – and keep them far away from the office party. A good rule of thumb is to dress up what you would normally wear to work. Feel free to add some festive flair in the form of colorful heels or a fun tie but keep it professional.

  5. Get to know the colleagues

    We all know that having friends at work makes us happier and more productive. But that does not mean you should just hang out with your buddies. The office Christmas party is a great chance to talk to people you otherwise would not have much contact with, like the shy girl from the corner desk, as well as the CEO and other senior staff.