For some, the corporate Christmas party is a jovial opportunity to see work colleagues in a social setting. For others, it’s painful to partake in, like an annual aneurysm of awkward that’s simply unavoidable.
Whether your attendance is in excitement or apathy, the corporate Christmas party is a calendar necessity and your appearance is expected.
We’ve complied a survival guide to get you through the fears, follies and festivities of the corporate Christmas celebration.
1) Be Merry… In Moderation
It’s Christmas time, the spirt of the season is upon us! This party is an excuse to eat, drink and be merry! But even with the allure of endless (free) alcohol, it’s not a great idea to get so inaptly inebriated that you’re left not knowing if you’re celebrating the arrival of the jolly Saint Nick or the amazing Easter bunny.
A wise person once said, the best Christmas party is one you will remember! We recommend pacing your drinks and matching them with mouthfuls of food.
2) Beware the Buzz Kill
Christmas parties are a rare opportunity to learn a lot about your colleagues and get to know their alternative interests and activities. We’re not all corporate cardboard cutouts! Open your mouth, spit out some words and allow the flow of communication to create connections. Spill the beans about all the interesting things you do when you’re not crunching numbers or crafting copy. Save the work woes until Monday and avoid anti-social office chatting.
3) Dress to Impress
Smart casual is out and expressive is in for the festive season. Be yourself and be complimenting, let your sentiment and style shine! Dress for the occasion and be as commending and accepting with attire as you are with the open bar. You don’t work for the fashion police, so be complimenting not critical of your colleagues clothing choices.
4) Keep it Classy
Workplace romances are always a possibility, no matter where you work, but the corporate Christmas party is not the place to express your inner … interests.
The best Christmas present you can give your boss is an incident free evening, so keep it classy and keep it all inside the attire! If this blossoming workplace romance is meant to be, it can wait for the weekend.
5) Stress Less and Enjoy Yourself
You’ve worked hard all year and so has everyone else in the office. Have fun and enjoy the ridiculous on offer! Relish in the reward because you’ve earned it. No one likes a Christmas Grinch, so pull your head out of your… pockets, cheer up and embrace the Christmas spirit.
On behalf of the entire team at etrainu, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe silly season.