Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Great Article: How to survive the Office Christmas Party

For some reason, I find this article quite funny.

Party-professional: survive the office Christmas party

It's that time of the year again and if you're lucky enough to be having an office Christmas party this year (given the current economic climate) then be sure to be on your best behaviour. Hannah Nicholas takes a look at the do's and don'ts of office-party etiquette.

Use it to your advantage

Psychologist and careers counsellor Meredith Fuller suggests treating the event like a photo opportunity. "You are there to say hi and circulate for a short, light and bright time but never forget that office parties are not real parties," she explained.

"Don't stay too long and risk humiliating yourself by drinking, getting emotional with that co-worker you secretly lust after, or dancing on the boardroom table."

"Fuller advises to be professional and discreet. "The managers do notice those staff members who tend to spill the beans and gossip."

What not to do
While it's fun to hear of others being outrageous, do not do any of the following:

Flash any part of your body.
Wear see-through clothing or expose too much.
Drink to excess — you never know what you'll do (and your colleagues will be the first to remind you come Monday morning).
Get angry at your boss in public or hit them for a pay rise.
Complain about work matters.
Get caught smooching a co-worker.
Reveal information that is too personal.

Top survival tips
To get through the office event, use these survival tactics:
Drink lots of water (ensure every second drink is water).
Eat before and during the big event.
Watch your alcohol intake.
Leave the car at home.


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