Oh, do please be­have!

Eyethu Baywatch - - FEATURE -

No mat­ter how much you like your co-work­ers, of­fice func­tions are not quite the same as a nor­mal so­cial gath­er­ing with good friends.

You have to be­have. Af­ter all, you’ll have to face every­one again the fol­low­ing day!

Here are the golden rules of an of­fice party:

• Show up. Even if you de­spise Christ­mas par­ties, not at­tend­ing them cre­ates a re­ally bad im­pres­sion among your col­leagues and bosses. You don’t have to stay for the whole event, but at least show some in­ter­est.

• Dress ap­pro­pri­ately. Don’t wear your short­est cock­tail dress or beach slops. It is still a busi­ness func­tion, so nor­mal of­fice at­tire is your safest bet.

• Don’t blow off too much steam. Of­fice par­ties are meant to be a time of re­lax­ation and cel­e­bra­tion - no­body wants to hear how much you

hate your job. Avoid say­ing things you wouldn’t say on a nor­mal of­fice day. • Don’t get too drunk. It’s okay to let your hair down, but re­mem­ber that you are be­ing watched by your su­pe­ri­ors, and your ac­tions are still ac­count­able.

Min­gle. Use the op­por­tu­nity to talk to peo­ple from all de­part­ments. Net­work and bond with your col­leagues. Be­have! Keep your hands to your­self and don’t try to hook up with your of­fice crush. Sex­ual ha­rass­ment is a se­ri­ous and em­bar­rass­ing of­fence which could even get you fired. Get home safely. Drink­ing and driv­ing is very ir­re­spon­si­ble. It is il­le­gal and one of the ma­jor causes of road deaths in South Africa. Make sure there is a sober driver to get you and your col­leagues home safely.

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