How to Survive Your Christmas Party
Stay Merry This Christmas
The table plans are set, outfits are chosen, and everyone now has the Christmas classics firmly engrained in the minds. It’s party season and time to let loose! Well, not too loose.
We love a party here at Eden Scott and our Christmas parties have reached legendary status amongst our team. However, as with all offices and workplaces, everyone knows there is a line and they know where it is and when not to cross it. We’ve heard some real horror stories of Christmas parties over the years so we thought we’d put together our secrets to surviving the Christmas party.
Water, Water everywhere, Nor any drop to drink
The first one is fairly self-explanatory, but is essentially the root of all the trouble - take it easy with the drink. There’s bound to be some free drinks kicking around, pre-party drinks, games of beer pong, buckets of beer on the table, a drink on arrival, bottles of wine and then, as if we need any more, some crazy kid orders a tray of shots. It’s a party and we all deserve a drink after a long year. However, keep in mind that you will see the people you are drinking with on Monday. There’s no shame in saying “no thanks”! There is always water on the tables so make sure you have a bottle positioned within arm’s length. Try to have a glass of water between each alcoholic drink. The regular water will keep you hydrated, fight off the morning’s hangover while at the same time reduce your chances of ending the night slumped in a corner.
Hopefully this is not the only occasion you get to speak to your boss, but, even if it is, the Christmas party isn’t the time to get into a deep and meaningful conversation about your personal development. Whether you’ve been angling for a pay rise, fighting for a promotion, or you have concerns about their leadership - the Christmas party is definitely not the time to discuss it. Stick to general chit chat. If you’re not good at that, spend five minutes before the party checking out the day’s news and find some common ground. Buy them a drink (just one through) and relax - you have the rest of the year to talk about your career or the business.
This goes without saying and, to be honest, if you need to be told this then you perhaps need to consider your life choices - inappropriate behaviour just won’t be tolerated. Despite the free drink and merriment it is still a work event. While we all enjoy a bit of banter there is a line that shouldn’t be crossed. If you’re going into the party harbouring some issues with another colleague, or you know it’s been a particularly stressful end to the year and stressed-fuelled drinking brings out your darker side, then take a step back and think about tomorrow’s consequences. It is never worth it in the cold light of day.
Leave the Gossip
“Loose lips sink ships”. Maybe a slightly extreme example, but the sentiment is not far off. There are always rumours and conjecture flying round offices and very often when people get together the ‘he said, she said’ goes into overdrive. You don’t want to wake up in the morning with the fear? “Who did I speak too?”, “What did I say?” No – nobody ever does. Arm yourself in advance with a few talking points and try and stick to them. This may sound a bit convoluted, but again – think about the next morning and having to bump into the person you’ve been gossiping about. Even if you like a bit of a gossip, leave it to the magazines and walk into the office with your head held high.
Dress to impress, not cause offense
The office party isn’t really the place to test run the new slinky, slightly risky black dress. Neither is it a time to rock up in jeans and a t-shirt for a black-tie. By all means dress to impress, but as we’re sure you’ve picked up by now - it is still a work event, so understand the dress code and be smart.
Have a Merry Little Christmas Party
To sum up, be smart and treat it as the work event it is. You will have a great time with your colleagues and see 2017 off in style, just make sure you’re not the talking point!