Our Top Three Do's and Don'ts this Office Party Season!
With the holiday season just around the corner, the Office Christmas Party is one of the highlights of the Festive Season. Intended as a Social Event to Appreciate, Reward and Raise the morale of employees, the Annual Office Party can sometimes be intimidating with many of us worried we might commit a faux pas in front of our colleagues or feel socially awkward which leads to dreadful boredom. Fear not! Get into the Christmas spirit…It’s time to celebrate the year that was and to look forward to the prosperous times ahead! The Office Party is just the right place to impress, socialise and have fun in a relaxed atmosphere.
We’re sharing our top three Do’s and Don’ts that will help you Survive and Thrive at your 2015 Office Christmas Party…
A great time to make contacts and strengthen relationships, take this opportunity to mingle and socialise with your colleagues. Step outside your comfort zone, circulate around the party and strike a conversation with people you hardly know or haven’t spoken to in the past. Ask about their interests, hobbies or holiday plans.
Do feel Encouraged and Upbeat
It’s been a long year for everyone and the last thing anyone wants to hear is whinging and complaints or long dragged conversations regarding work dissatisfaction. Don’t dwell on the past, instead feel optimistic and convivial and engage in light-hearted, positive chats. Smile and laugh! It get’s everyone in a cheery mood.
Do Make an Effort; Dress up
If it’s a theme party, take it into consideration and wear a theme appropriate outfit. Dressing up is fun especially this time of the year when everyone is in the mood to party. Don’t be the boring, serious co-worker who is seen as being unenthusiastic or has a ‘don’t- care attitude’. Make sure you dress for the occasion. Being well-groomed, dressing smart and wearing a stylish and chic dress adds to your appeal. It would be best to refrain from tight, revealing clothing. The atmosphere may be relaxed and easy but you don’t want to come across as beings suggestive or trying too hard!
Don’t Drink and Regret
The Office Christmas party is definitely a time to unwind and enjoy yourself. Have a few drinks, but don’t hit the bar like there’s no tomorrow. You don’t want to be known as that guy or girl who everyone is talking about the next day at work. Join in the festivities, keep track of your limit and remember to remain professional in control.
Don’t be Controversial
It’s best to refrain from having conversations on controversial subjects like Politics and Religion. This usually does not go down well with people, so best to avoid such banter. Also, ensure you don’t gossip. A few drinks down, it becomes easy to let go and engage in office gossip. Discourage being in such situations and focus on talking about the good moments you’ve had at work or the great team experience you encountered in the year gone by.
Don’t ask for a raise
The worst possible thing one can do at the Office Christmas party is to ask for a raise or discuss performance and promotions. This is not the time or the place to do so. Have a cheerful, relaxed conversation with your boss. Be gracious and thank your boss and colleagues for the support shown to you.
The Office Christmas Party can be a lot of fun and a wonderful time to unwind and revel in the holiday bonhomie. Most importantly, remember to just be yourself and Enjoy! A quote I love from the TV show “The Office”, when David Brent is asked how he would like to be remembered, is “Simply, as, the man who put a smile on the face of all who he met.”
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