The do’s and don’ts of the office Christmas party

The office Christmas party can be fraught with pitfalls. To ensure you have a great time and don’t embarrass yourself, just keep these do’s and don’ts in mind.


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Do attend

Even if you are dreading the event, it is important to make an appearance if you possibly can to consolidate your position as part of the team. Stay for a reasonable time so you do not appear unappreciative or antisocial.

Don’t have too much to drink

Although Christmas corporate events are social occasions, they are still work events and your colleagues and superiors will be watching you. Even if other people are drinking a lot, just stick to your sensible limit so that you stay in control of what you do and say.

Do stick to the dress code

Find out what the dress code is and ensure that you comply with it. If you are not sure what is appropriate, chat to colleagues about what they will be wearing. You do not want to stand out from everyone else because your clothes are too casual or too dressy.

Don’t be a bore

Engaging someone in conversation is fine, but don’t expect them to talk to you all evening. People like to circulate at office Christmas parties, so don’t trap anyone in a conversation for longer than ten minutes.

Take the opportunity to mingle with colleagues who you may not often have an opportunity to talk to. Social networking at parties gives you the chance to make a good impression on senior colleagues or managers.

Don’t spread gossip

Rumours and gossip are often rife at Christmas parties, but it is never a good idea to join in or to provide any fuel for the stories. Instead, try to steer the conversation toward more general topics such as holidays or families. Be careful not to confess anything to colleagues that you will regret back in the office.

Do try to include everyone

If you are talking to someone and are ready to move on, don’t leave the person standing alone. Instead, try to introduce them to someone else before you go. If you are responsible for arranging Christmas corporate work nights out, AOL UK provides tips on planning a successful function.

Do say thank you

Always send an email expressing your appreciation the day after the party.