The ten commandments of the office Christmas party

The ten commandments of the office Christmas party

Hamish McCombie 29.11.2017

As we rapidly approach the festive season there's one social event that brings most of us with equal amounts of excitement and dread: the office Christmas party.

Here are the 10 commandments to follow on the night that should get you through it without being talked about for all the wrong reasons...

1. THOU SHALT ATTEND (even if thou does not want to)

Regardless of how you feel about the party or your colleagues, the Christmas do is a crucial part of the office dynamic. It is the opportunity to relax (within reason) with your superiors in a more casual environment and it’s a great opportunity to network.

2. THOU SHALT DRESS CONSERVATIVELY

Be remembered for the right reasons and not for the too deeply plunging neckline or ill-fitting suit. Know the dress code and stick to it!

3. THOU SHALT MINGLE

Make sure to circulate and socialise but avoid monopolising the conversation. Make sure to get face time with your superiors but do not over schmooze or spend an hour listing the 100 great things you've done at work this year.

4. THOU SHALT BEAR IN MIND OTHERS AT THE TABLE

Be sure to remember your table manners and choose your menu carefully! Avoid difficult to eat or overly messy foods that are sure to cause an accident which will leave you sporting a Christmas decoration to disguise your faux pas.

5. THOU SHALT NOT TWERK THE MD

The Christmas party is not the time to pull out your signature moves. Remember, everyone has a camera phone!

6. THOU SHALT  NOT TALK CONTINUOUSLY ABOUT WORK

Do not be a bore and just talk about work and certainly don’t go in to your lists of grievances about your job or your colleagues. The Christmas party is neither the time nor the place. Keep your conversations upbeat and interesting but importantly, avoid inappropriate or distasteful conversations.

7. THOU SHALT AVOID THE OVER AFFECTIONATE

There is always those one or two people who are overly flirty and touchy feely. After a few drinks, Linda from Marketing may look like Angelina Jolie but remember, she won’t on Monday morning at the coffee machine! Tread carefully!

8. THOU SHALT APPOINT A WINGMAN

If you are prone to behaving outrageously when drunk and tend to follow a routine as you progress through the levels of outrageousness, it is wise to appoint a wingman who knows the signs and is on alert to stop you when it’s reaching the point of no return.

9. THOU SHALT NOT CALL IN SICK THE NEXT DAY

If you know you are going to be particularly worse for wear the day after the Christmas party, save yourself the embarrassment and book the day off in advance.

10. THOU SHALT ENJOY ONESELF

Organisations spend a lot of money to reward their employees at the end of the year, so make the most of the gesture and have a good time.

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Director | Banking and Financial Services | C &I
hmccombie@morganmckinley.co.uk