The up­com­ing Xmas party – what are the do’s and don’ts?

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SEE the party as a chance to cel­e­brate suc­cesses of the year, get to know col­leagues in a more in­for­mal en­vi­ron­ment and meet oth­ers in the or­gan­i­sa­tion whom you may not yet have met. Don’t use it as an op­por­tu­nity to drink co­pi­ous amounts of al­co­hol, hit on work mates or act in­ap­pro­pri­ately in any way. What looks good to you and your friends on Face­book won’t be as well re­ceived when it is brought up by your man­ager the next day at work. The temp­ta­tion may be to let your hair down at the com­pany’s ex­pense but the priv­i­lege of at­ten­dance comes with the re­spon­si­bil­ity to act ap­pro­pri­ately.

Mid-ca­reer KEL­LIE RIGG Gen­eral man­ager HR So­lu­tions Rand­stad

YOU must at­tend the Christ­mas party. If you’re wor­ried about how you’ll be­have af­ter a few drinks, take it slow and use the op­por­tu­nity to net­work and raise your pro­file with col­leagues and se­nior man­age­ment. It is im­por­tant to be so­cial and not talk busi­ness all night. Let col­leagues get to know you a lit­tle bet­ter as th­ese per­sonal re­la­tion­ships can be ben­e­fi­cial through­out your ca­reer. Re­search the dress code and be­have ap­pro­pri­ately once there. Of­fice gossip can spread quickly so while the party is a great chance to have some fun, make sure it isn’t re­mem­bered for the wrong rea­sons.

Ex­pe­ri­enced TIM ROCHE Prac­tice leader, Right Man­age­ment ca­reer tran­si­tion

DO en­sure you wear com­fort­able shoes and have a plan in place for get­ting home. A lack of a plan/trans­port will mean it is more likely you will be last to leave. Set a fin­ish time, es­pe­cially if you need to work the next day, as three hours sleep will not be enough. At­tend re­gard­less of your pref­er­ence for par­ties as it is a good op­por­tu­nity to learn more about col­leagues and cel­e­brate the year’s success. Don’t tell sto­ries as al­co­hol will blur your judg­ment in re­la­tion to dis­cre­tion. Don’t un­der­dress, both in terms of style and vol­ume of fab­ric. Don’t start the lat­est of­fice ro­mance on the night of the party.

The Ex­pert MICHELLE BENT­LEY Gen­eral man­ager, Don­ing­ton tran­si­tion and out­place­ment

IF you at­tend the Christ­mas party, ac­cept that, as a work func­tion, you have re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. They in­clude to keep your­self and oth­ers feel­ing com­fort­able and safe; to abide by the law; and to recog­nise that all at­tend­ing want to have an en­joy­able time and not feel the butt of in­ap­pro­pri­ate jokes or the vic­tim of poor or abu­sive be­hav­iour. Don’t em­bar­rass your­self or oth­ers. Pro­fes­sional rep­u­ta­tions can be en­hanced or di­min­ished at Christ­mas par­ties. An abil­ity to project your­self with ma­tu­rity but also a sense of fun and good­will will pos­i­tively in­flu­ence im­pres­sions oth­ers have of you.

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