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