The Sensible Guide to Office Christmas Parties

christmas dinnerWhile office Christmas parties might seem like a good idea (you get to socialize with work colleagues and make a good impression with the boss), in reality they very often end up becoming a disaster (you get extremely drunk and tell everyone exactly what you think of them).

The simple truth of the matter is that office Christmas parties are minefields fraught with danger, and there are many potential pitfalls that need to be avoided.

With this in mind, we present to you the sensible guide to office Christmas parties. Read every word below at least 3 times, and even print it out and put it near your computer at work.

Dress appropriately

Are you tempted to dress in an outrageous costume for the Christmas party? Not so fast, as you could easily end up becoming the center of attention for all the wrong reasons.

Sure, there is nothing wrong with funny clothing such as Ugly Christmas Sweaters but just be careful not to overdo it.

Don’t drink

A lot of people say they are only going to have a couple of drinks at the party…and then they end up having 10 beers followed by telling the boss how much they suck.

If you still want to have a job in January then it’s probably a good idea that you avoid drinking alcohol altogether. Stick to orange juice, or even better, water, and consider being the designated driver for a few of your office buddies.

Talk with your co-workers

Spend the first hour or two going round and talking to as many as your co-workers as possible. At this point most people will still be sober, which means you can have a quick conversation about work and anything else that comes to mind.

Also, don’t forget to speak with your boss and anyone else in management, making sure to give off a good impression.

Leave early

After a couple of hours most of your co-workers will be getting drunk and this is where the trouble usually begins. That’s why you should leave around this time. Get a family member to give you a call at an arranged time and then tell everyone that you have to go right away.

Ignore everything above

Remember, this is the “sensible” guide to office Christmas parties, and should be followed by people who don’t want any trouble and want to be well liked by everyone at the office.

The truth of the matter is that most people are usually ready to let off some steam at the end of the year, and this involves drinking hard and partying even harder.

Whichever approach you decide to take we wish you the best of luck.