Top 10 Office Christmas Party Don’ts

Top 10 Office Christmas Party Don’ts

One of the most dangerous weeks of the year is coming up: the week before Christmas. The time when many companies host the dreaded office Christmas Party.

Dangerous?

Yes.

Why?

Because Alcohol + Dancing + People Out of Their Normal Environment = Potential for Huge Embarrassments.

Although we all crave a little fun at the end of the year, it’s important to remember that the office Christmas party is a work function. If you’re heading to your first office bash, here are some things to avoid so your reputation and career can outlive the festivities. Even seasoned veterans should take the necessary precautions.

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1. DON’T miss it

Don't miss your Office Christmas Party

No matter how much you’d rather perform your own root canal surgery than attend a company event: this is not the time to call in sick. Your colleagues will know. More importantly, your boss will know. It’s also not the time to be fashionably late. So turn off that Game of Thrones rerun and try to show up within the first 30 minutes.

2. DON’T be the only one wearing a tuxedo

Office Christmas Party Invitation

Read your invitation carefully and in advance so that you have time to buy the required gift or food. Be sure you know the right attire. Don’t wait until the last minute to figure out where the event is and where to park.

3. DON’T be stingy

Office Christmas Party Potluck

If you’re bringing a dish, make sure it’s the right food. Avoid lazy or stingy snacks such as chips. On the flip side, avoid dishes that require a lot of fuss or reheating. Safe bets for potlucks include crockpot meatballs or salads.

4. DON’T forget to network

Mingle at the Office Christmas Party

Think of the office party as an opportunity to advance your career. This is a great time to ask questions about what other teams do, and to get to know your boss better. If there are going to be a lot of introductions, keep your right hand free for handshakes.

5. DON’T talk politics

Politics at the Office Christmas Party

This year politics are on everyone’s mind. Yet, the country is still divided and emotional. No matter how confident you are that everyone shares your views, realize that you may be wrong. It’s just best to stay away from politics for now.

6. DON’T drink too much bubbly…

Bubbly at the Office Christmas Party

or raspberry-colored punch, it’s spiked. Excess alcohol will cause you to loose your inhibitions. Best case scenario you’ll become the subject of future gossip. Worst case scenario you’ll be slurring I’m Sexy And I Know It on Facebook for months to come.

7. DON’T post anything

No Office Christmas Party on Social Media

Seriously. The only thing worse than starring in the company fist-fight video is being the jerk who posted it. Remember, the company you work for probably does not want to appear unprofessional online… ever. No funny clip is worth getting someone else fired or losing your own job.

8. DON’T audition for any dance shows

Dance at the Office Christmas Party

When the music is pulsing, and the drinks are flowing, it’s easy to think it’s your time to twerk. It isn’t. Keep your moves tasteful and your clothes on. Keep your body several safe inches away from your more attractive colleagues.

9. DON’T hook up with Santa (or anyone else)

Don't Hook Up with Santa

Office flirtations end poorly. A kiss seen by the entire company is never forgotten. It’s the gift that keeps on giving — bringing joy and laughter to others long after you’ve lost that loving feeling.

10. DON’T be a drag

Crying at the Office Christmas Party

No matter what’s going on with you, the office Christmas party is not the place to talk about your dog’s recent demise. Avoid topics that will bring out the holiday blues. Remember, this is a time to be joyful. Do your best to stay positive.

The Takeaway

Drama seems as unavoidable at the office Christmas party as cheap Chardonnay and greasy food. Learn to let it be someone else’s drama, not yours. With some planning, you can have a pretty good time while avoiding a horrible morning after.

Oh — did we say you should stay away from the punch bowl?

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