You’ve survived another year at work but there’s just one more obstacle to overcome. It’s a big one too. The dreaded office party.
Many companies choose to have their party off company premises these days but either way, the risks are the same. You don’t want to be that one who gets drunk and throws up on the boss’s Gucci shoes. You definitely don’t want to be the one that does something so outrageous, that everyone is talking about you for the next 6 months.
There are other things to consider too, so stick to these tips and you’ll be fine!
Don’t drink too much
Ok, ok, sorry to be the beige voice here. However, if you really don’t want to embarrass yourself in front of all your colleagues, and even worse your boss, set yourself a limit and stick to it. It’s a good idea to alternate alcoholic drinks with water, making sure you don’t have too much and you stay hydrated at the same time.
You wouldn’t go to work in a revealing outfit, so why wear one for the office party? I mean, do you really want your boss ogling down your dress all night or Mike in accounts chasing you round the dance floor? If you do, then go for it! However, you will have to face these same people come Monday, so think carefully about how much flesh you put out there.
Eat a big lunch
Make sure you prepare for the big night, by eating a substantial meal for lunch. There’s nothing worse than drinking on an empty stomach, believe me. It is also a good idea to drink water regularly throughout the day, to ensure you hit the dance floor already hydrated. This will stand you in good stead for the morning after too.
Don’t stalk your crush
There’s nothing worse than making a work colleague feel uncomfortable. Flirting may lead to awkward scenarios or even worse, you could be hit with a sexual harassment accusation. Remember, work is a place for your professional persona and you should remain that way at the party.
You have certain colleagues which you’d consider your friends and it’s only natural you’d want to spend the night chatting with them. However, if you really want to get noticed by the office big guns, make sure you network with as many people from different departments as possible. Just remember to stay sober in the process!
Don’t chat shop
The work Christmas party is a chance for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves, so don’t be a party pooper by chatting about work all night. There’s nothing worse than being stuck talking to someone about the latest quarterly figures or who you think deserves promotion. Whatever you do, don’t ask your boss for a pay rise and don’t tell him that you’re overworked!
Know your audience
Don’t start swearing in front of colleagues, especially management. This only gives a bad impression and can lead to some people feeling uncomfortable. Keep the topics clean and don’t tell that particularly risqué joke that should be reserved for your closest friends only!
It can be hard to stick to your normal healthy diet during December and it’s ok to relax a little. After all, what’s the point in living if you can’t enjoy the odd sausage sarnie or pork pie? Just be careful not to over-indulge. Otherwise, you will be reaching for the Gaviscon in no time at all and those new trousers you just paid a small fortune for will be too tight to fit into come January. There’s no point in thinking you can run it all off in the gym in the new year, for if you don’t already go to the gym, this ain’t happening!
If you do go a little over the top on the alcohol front, make sure to have plenty of water, Lucozade and hangover-friendly food ready in the morning. Make sure you don’t have any important meetings the following day, especially with clients, and perhaps take a toothbrush and paste into work with you. Nobody wants to think an animal crawled into your mouth and died!
Boring head off, I promise. Follow the above advice and try to enjoy yourself. After all, it’s not every day your company pays for you to have a few drinks, eat scrumptious food and dance the night away!