JILL POULSEN

Sunday Territorian - - OPINION -

GET­TING FLIRTY The Christ­mas party seems like the per­fect time to let your of­fice crush know how you feel. It’s prob­a­bly not but, putting that aside, there are some ways you could make your in­ter­est known with­out risk­ing a sex­ual ha­rass­ment com­plaint.

Try writ­ing on the back of a coaster: “Would you like to go out with me? Tick yes or no.” Or make sure when­ever the plat­ter of party pies and sausage rolls goes around you get them one and take it over. Al­ter­na­tively you could use the method favoured by pri­mary school stu­dents every­where and send one of your friends over to one of their friends to see if they like you back be­fore ap­proach­ing them. Reg­is­ter­ing your in­ter­est via an arm’s length trans­ac­tion not only saves you from face-to-face re­jec­tion but it might also keep you out of the HR of­fice.

DANC­ING BY YOUR­SELF

Is there any­thing more plea­sur­able in life than a good old fash­ioned boo­gie after 26 glasses of cham­pagne? Prob­a­bly. Nev­er­the­less, it’s hard to deny it’s a great joy. How­ever, when you’re at a work func­tion you need to a lit­tle extra care. Firstly, it’s not ap­pro­pri­ate to grab any­one on the dance­floor, un­less you’re about to fall over and gen­uinely need help.

Sec­ondly you need to watch your eye con­tact. The last thing you want to do is stare

“As with most ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve free­bies the hum­ble Christ­mas party is not with­out its risks”

creep­ily at the re­cep­tion­ist while you’re twerk­ing. HEART TO HEARTS If you’re any­thing like me, an open bar of­ten co­in­cides with my de­sire to tell peo­ple how I re­ally feel. Even if I’ve just de­cided I feel that way in the last 20 min­utes. Like when I was at a friend’s wed­ding and told ev­ery­one I hated the groom. Turns out hon­esty is not al­ways the best pol­icy. Keep that in mind when you de­cide to do a re­verse per­for­mance re­view with your boss.

If all of this seems a bit much take a leaf out of my mate’s book and just stay home with your chummy cat in­stead.

Jill Poulsen is a colum­nist and will soon be re­turn­ing to the NT from Queens­land,

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