Do's &
Don'ts

Introduction

The Christmas countdown has begun and now it’s time to consider a very well celebrated tradition this party season. It’s a little like the school holidays for grown-ups, once it gets near Christmas and we all feel the holidays are coming, we start to act a little stir crazy. When the time finally comes to let our hair down, the office Christmas party is where we let loose.

The Daily Mirror found 47% of workers said they would try to drink less next year and for good reason. The Charted Institute of Personal and Development found that 10% of workers know a colleague who has either been disciplined or dismissed for inappropriate behaviour at the office Christmas party.

So for those of you who are unschooled to the rules of the office party, here are some dos and don’ts that will help you survive the notorious work Christmas do.

Free bar

The Free Bar

Usually a winner, this could be your worst nightmare. We’re not saying avoid it completely but it is good to know your limits.

Don’t

Order a drink for each hand just because it’s free, even if it saves you queuing again! We understand, it is tempting, but probably doesn’t give the best impression.

Do

Try drinking port and lemonade, still free, still alcoholic and fairly festive too. A Christmassy tipple that won’t leave you too hung over.

Buffet

Buffet food

You may have to wait several hours before the buffet is deemed ready to be scoffed and it’s likely that by that point everyone will be starving. Watch out for the awkward glances that commence as soon as it’s announced the food is ready. No one will want to be the first one at the table but once one person goes, a stampede will follow.

Don’t

Go on an empty stomach, it will not bode well for all the alcohol to come.

Do

Try, if you can, to have one hand free to greet people with. Put your drink down and definitely never have two hands both full of food. It doesn’t make for good conversation, whether you’re trying to impress or just have a chat to be sociable. Your colleagues won’t be able to concentrate on what you’re saying when salsa is dripping down your chin.

Dancing

Dancing

The embarrassing side of dancing tends to come from a point of overconfidence. Social media means people don’t forget anymore. Even when you think it has all gone away, as soon as there is a mention of next years Christmas party, know your picture will be dragged back out and displayed.

Don’t

Embarrassing dances you should never perform (especially not at the office Christmas party) - ‘The Worm’, ‘The Lawnmower’, ‘The Chicken Dance’ and generally anything with too much thrusting.

Do

Just take it easy. It’s Christmas, do have a dance but try not to be the only one on the dance floor and do stick to a low altitude (no tables!).

Networking

Networking

Office Angels said ‘Christmas parties are a great way to meet colleagues you don’t work with day to day. You can make friends and new contacts elsewhere in your company, who might introduce you to new work or help progress your career at a later date.’

Don’t

Try and big yourself up too much, for example how you deserve a pay rise or promotion. You might, but this is a night off for everyone, including your boss.

Do

Chat to people, show yourself in an enthusiastic light but don’t bee line for your boss. You never know which colleagues have connections that are not just for Christmas.

Outfit

Outfit

Where do we start? Christmas is a great opportunity to dress up and get festive but not to bare all. Rule of thumb, show no more skin than you would in the office, men too.

Don’t

Wear mistletoe– Mistletoe, once an innocent Christmas tradition, may now put you on dodgy ground for a lawsuit. At best it might cause embarrassment so be careful.

Do

Air on the side of professional with whatever outfit you choose. Mainly make sure you wear enough clothes and try your utmost to keep them on.

Happy Christmas from Towergate Insurance – Providers of office insurance and liability insurance.

NB: our policies can’t insure your professional reputation. So behave yourself!