Career Advice

What NOT to Do at Your Office Christmas Party

Manda Milling Posted by Manda
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Just because it's time to indulge in Christmas cheer doesn't mean it's okay to embarrass yourself in front of your colleagues! Here are a few tips to surviving your office Christmas party.

Video transcript: Well, it's that time of the year again when we all indulge in some Christmas cheer! But have you ever woken up the day after the work Christmas party and you can't actually remember anything you did and said? Here are a few tips to surviving your office Christmas party. The dress code: females, don't show too much of anything, full stop.  Males, be clean and tidy.  And it's amazing what an iron can do for a shirt. Alcohol and career advancement ARE mutually exclusive. Maybe it's because the boss is paying, but, for some reason, many people seem to think a bar tab means go hard, go fast and then go home. If you are drinking, eat.  Getting absolutely smashed rarely ends well... Don't tell your boss how to do their job! And sexual harassment: well, the office Christmas party is HR's worst case scenario. Remember, a person just has to claim they were made to feel uncomfortable, even if that wasn't the intention. Social media and alcohol DO NOT mix EVER. Finally, call it a night before it gets messy – your Christmas party is a WORK function, and your employer has a legal duty of care to ensure the safety and enjoyment of everyone. Merry Christmas!