5 Tips To Survive The Corporate Christmas Party

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.

etrainu Expert Advice: Featuring Paul Garnham

etrainu’s face-to-face trainer, Paul Garnham, has over 20 year’s experience training and working with participants wanting to secure their RSA, RMLV, Food Handlers and Food Safety Supervisor certifications.

Based in North Queensland, Paul has conducted face-to-face courses from The Cape all the way to Hamilton Island, in the progress helping students network and develop careers in the hospitality industry.

Completing a Responsible Management of Licensed Venue (RMLV) course is mandatory for all licensees, nominees and applicants for an approved manager’s licence in Queensland. It is a comprehensive course with a focus on management, covering law and liquor licence requirements and a range of management strategies to assist operators in the responsible conduct of their business

Paul recently took some time out of his busy schedule to answer a few questions about conducting RMLV face-to-face training and the nature of the industry.

1. For the RMLV face-to-face course, what do the 10 hours entail for participants?

The training covers legislation and the requirements of Managers and licensee’s in the industry to be compliant in their business. Participants learn about policies and procedures that can be put into place to reduce the chances of fines and prosecutions under the liquor act.

2. What’s the atmosphere of a face-to-face session like? Is it relaxed or fairly formal?

I make the training relaxed so the students open up and ask questions and talk about any issues they may have in their business so I can offer solutions and advise on the liquor act to maintain compliance.

3. In terms of numbers, how many students do your face-to-face classes’ facilitate?

Depending on the course, it can anywhere from two to twenty.

4. RMLV courses are only offered as a face-to-face training session. Do you think it’s important to keep this course taught in person? Why/why not? Could you see it offered online in the future?

I feel that it is very important with the RMLV course to remain face to face so the students can get interactions and also ask questions at any time. A lot of the learning is about real life situations that come from the trainer or other students and are different at each course depending on the students and types of business.

5. In your opinion, what’s the best approach when it comes to teaching face-to-face?

It’s open and interactive and involves the students and real life situations.

6. You have been teaching for over two decades, what aspects of face-to-face teaching do you enjoy in particular?

Being able to share real life stories with students and passing on my knowledge gained over many years of experience.

7. During this time, have you seen any significant changes in the industry?

We are now more compliant driven in the industry with the major changes being Liquor Accords, Drink Safe Precincts and civil litigation.

8. Where do you see the hospitality industry in Australia in ten years time?

The industry is becoming more and more regulated and it will be the operators that have strong policies and procedures in place that will prosper and stand the test of time.

9. What qualities make up an ideal manager for a licensed venue?

Someone that is passionate about the industry and is a good communicator that trains and develops others to give the best customer experience possible.


Interested in doing some organised training with Paul? Contact him on 0400 902 966 or contact etrainu on 07 3114 2958 or via email at [email protected]

Be sure to consult our RMLV page from our website for further details on course dates, locations and pricing information.


Hazardous Manual Tasks – White Card Online

Did you know that hazardous manual tasks are responsible for the highest number of reported workplace injuries?

Hazardous manual tasks are defined as any task that requires a person to lift, lower, push, pull, carry or otherwise move, hold or restrain any thing, animal or person.

Every year thousands of workers across the country are effected by workplace injuries caused by manual tasks. This is particularly prevalent across the construction sector due the large number of risks and incidents involved in manual handling on the work site.

The White Card online training course if designed to teach workers about the safety risks associated with construction work as the safety procedures to carry out on site to prevent and/or reduce hazardous injury for workers. Hazardous manual tasks can involve any number of factors that can stress the body and lead to injury, either long-term or immediate.

These include:

  • Repetitive or sustained force

  • High or sudden force

  • Repetitive movement

  • Sustained or awkward posture

  • Exposure to vibration

Any number of characteristics can contribute to making a manual task hazardous. Injuries often occur when workers regularly carry out manual tasks incorrectly causing stress on the body. One of the most common problems with carrying out manual tasks is the potential to cause musculoskeletal disorders.

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) are injuries to or diseases of the musculoskeletal system, which may occur suddenly or over time such.

These may include:

  • Muscle, ligament or tendon strains or sprains

  • Back injuries

  • Joint and bone injuries or degeneration

  • Nerve injuries or compression

  • Muscular and vascular disorders from hand-arm vibration

  • Soft tissue hernias

  • Chronic pain

These types of injuries are very common and many construction workers throughout Australia suffer from the results of hazardous manual tasks.

The purpose of the White Card online training is to better inform and educate workers to reduce the risk of injury. It has been reported that a very limited amount of attention is paid to these types of hazardous injuries because they rarely caused death, BUT these injuries can result in long term problems, disabling injuries and can become a consistent financial hardship for worker.

The White Card is a work health and safety course, and covers the unit of competency CPCCOHS1001A – Work Safely in the Construction Industry. It was formerly known as the ‘Blue Card’ and is also currently known as the General Construction Induction Card.

To find out more about our White Card Online course, click here.

For state specific information, look to our White Card online state based pages – QLDTASWAVICNTSA

Employer & Employee Responsibilities – White Card Online

When you recognise something unsafe on the worksite, whose responsibility is it to report and action the problem? It’s EVERYONE’S responsibility! No matter what work you’re doing on site, you have a duty of care to report anything unsafe on the construction site to ensure the safety of you and other workers.

Both employees and employers working on a construction site have an obligation to follow the legislation and regulations of the Work Health and Safety Act 2011.

The Work Health and Safety Act 2011 is designed to ensure people understand their health and safety duties and rights in the workplace. By having this legislation in place, it guarantees that all workers in Australia have the same standard of health and safety protection, regardless of the work they do or where they work.

However, everyone’s obligations on the worksite differ from person to person as the workplace health and safety obligations dictate different levels of involvement and responsibility from workers and employers.
Below are the different Health and Safety Obligations of the Employer and Employee on the construction site.

Employer Obligations

  • Your employer has an obligation to ensure that all work at the workplace is conducted to minimise the risk of a hazard causing injury, illness or death to any persons within the workplace

Employee Obligations

When a code of practice or regulation exists, workers must do the following:

  • Follow the approved or stated method, or
  • Follow another method which gives an equal level of protection, and
  • Take reasonable precautions and exercise due diligence.

When a code of practice or regulation does not exist, workers still have a duty of care to follow. In order to maintain a duty of care, they must apply a ‘Risk Management Process’ which involves:

  • Taking reasonable precautions
  • Exercising due diligence
  • Observing site policies & procedures

Keeping Records (joint obligation)

It is both the responsibility of the employer and the worker to keep any training records, including inductions, during their duration of employment or the construction project.

Workers have a responsibility to keep their own records as evidence of training, including the Statement of Attainment received after completing the White Card online training course.

etrainu’s White Card online training course not only informs workers of their obligations and responsibilities, but it educates about construction site safety, hazard identification and worksite procedures. It is a legal requirement that you complete White Card online training and be able to present your White Card when requested.

To find out more about our White Card online course, click here.

For state specific information and registration information, look to our White Card online state based pages – QLDTASWAVICNTSA. 

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