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,