Whether you are a small business or a large multi-national organisation a work Christmas party is still work. It is essential that you remember that it is not a time to let your guard down. It is a time to develop closer loyalty with your senior managers and colleagues. Not only is it important to survive a work Christmas party but also have your professional image remains intact.
- Check out the dress code: Make sure you are dressed appropriately. Remember you still represent your business and personal brand. It is not a time to dress as if you are going to a nightclub or boys bash. Wearing clothes that are too tight fitting or show too much cleavage can affect co-workers’ opinion of your judgment and credibility.
- Mingle & Chat: Show off your communication skills by circulating and talk to everyone. Try to remember the name of all colleagues, their partners and clients. Be generous with compliments and leave all work issues and troubles behind. This is not the time to be talking bad about your boss. Remember to keep the conversation light by chatting about hobbies, travel and sport.
- Don’t overindulge: It’s okay to have a glass of beer, wine or champagne at a party but set yourself a limit and stick to it. No matter how hard you try to make up for drunken foolishness later, bad behavior will haunt you all the way to the boardroom.
- Avoid the paparazzi: Avoid colleagues who are camera happy and encourage silly behaviour. Never let yourself be photographed holding a drink (or two) in your hand. You don’t want your photo to appear on Facebook or the office bulletin board.
- Don’t flirt : This is not the time to snuggle and whisper to your colleague you have the hots for them. What may seem like harmless cuddles and kisses could become a sexual harassment complaint after the party has ended.
- Watch the clock: Find out when the party starts and turn up on time. No one wants you there too early or fashionably late. Also don’t get the reputation of being the last person at the bar at the end of the night- unless of course you are paying the bill.
- Say “Thank you”: At the end of the evening take the time to thank the organiser’s of the party, they will appreciate you noticing their hard work.
A work Christmas party is more business than party. If you want to survive your party with your reputation and professional image intact then maybe a little thought and preplanning is necessary. After all there is no reason why a work Christmas party can’t be fun and memorable.