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Five things to avoid doing at the work Christmas party

Published on 22nd November 2018

As the festive season approaches and the Christmas party invitations start to flood in, it's all too easy to get carried away with the spirit of things and feel like you can stretch the rules a little! 

As much as it’s important for you to enjoy yourself, making a mistake in this kind of environment can have dire consequences for your career.

Here is a look at the top five things to avoid in order to survive the silly season with your career intact!

Drinking too much

This is the easiest mistake to make, especially if you’re a little nervous about socialising with your work colleagues.

Drinking too much can result in a lack of judgement and control so take it easy on the bubbles and drink plenty of water between your alcoholic beverages!

Asking for a pay rise

There is a time and a place to negotiate a pay increase - the Christmas party is definitely NOT that time or place!

A change in pay is a delicate negotiation that needs to be backed up by well thought out facts; so cornering your boss and shouting in his or her ear over the festive disco is to be avoided at all costs.

Not turning up

Even if a party is not your thing, putting in an appearance, even a brief one is advisable.

The Christmas party is a great chance to network with your colleagues in a more relaxed environment and get to know people on a slightly different level.

Plus it’s a way for your employer to say thank you for all the hard work you have put in over the year, so if you can go, do go - you don’t have to stay all evening and you never know, you might enjoy yourself!

Being silly with Secret Santa

Office secret Santa can be a challenge - remember it’s a gesture, so this is not the occasion to go wildly overboard with a lavish or expensive gift or to make someone feel awkward by giving something hugely inappropriate - keep it simple and play it safe.

Talking about work all night

Don’t be the person that moans about work or your colleagues all night, this is supposed to be a light-hearted occasion!

A little bit of shop talk is fine but this is a chance to get to know your colleagues better - the better you understand what makes your colleagues tick, the more effectively you’ll be able to work and communicate together! 

Similarly, don’t get drawn into a gossiping session about a colleague, simply excuse yourself and move on if you find this happening.

So there you have it, remember to avoid these five things and enjoy this Christmas party season!