FIND A NEW JOB WITH US

Fol­low these tips and get through the works do with your dig­nity (and job!) in­tact, writes Gary Flock­hart

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR TELEGRAPH -

Like mince pies and mulled wine, the of­fice Christ­mas party is not to every­one’s taste.

In­deed, a sur­vey found that one-fifth of UK work­ers dread the of­fice Christ­mas party and will do any­thing to avoid at­tend­ing what they see as a booze-fu­elled ob­sta­cle course full of ca­reer-threat­en­ing mo­ments.

Still, the ma­jor­ity of em­ploy­ees see the of­fice Christ­mas party as an op­por­tu­nity to let their hair down and re­lax with col­leagues in a more so­cial set­ting.

In the event that you’re one of those who think of­fice Christ­mas par­ties are fun (you party an­i­mal, you!) here’s a list of dos and dont’s. The Dos

■ At­tend – you might think it’s no big deal to duck out, but some bosses take it per­son­ally. No one is sug­gest­ing you won’t keep your job, but some bosses use the of­fice Christ­mas party to see if you’re a ‘team player’.

■ Pace your­self – it goes with­out say­ing, but if you get torn into the tequila be­fore you’ve even sat down for the meal, you stand a good chance of... well, not be able to stand come the end of the night. Ev­ery of­fice party has that one per­son who makes a fool of them­selves after drink­ing too much, but no one wants to be the butt of the of­fice jokes for the next 12 months. Worse still, in this age of cam­era phones, even those col­leagues who chick­ened out of at­tend­ing might get a laugh at your ex­pense. The car­di­nal rule is to eat be­fore you start drink­ing.

■ Avoid the mistle­toe – it’s thought that one in four UK work­ers have kissed a col­league at an of­fice Christ­mas party. If you want to make things re­ally awk­ward for your­selves, go ahead and pucker up. The Don’ts

■ Be too hon­est – every­one has that one col­league they don’t get on with. Prob­lem is, a lot of peo­ple make the mis­take of telling them after too many drinks.

■ Bang on about work – no-one wants to hear it. The whole idea of the of­fice Christ­mas party is to so­cialise with co-work­ers in a way you wouldn’t nor­mally. Chat­ting about tar­gets, pro­jec­tions and any other work-based sub­jects is a no-no.

■ Ask your boss about a pro­mo­tion – no mat­ter how ‘nice’ your boss might seem after he’s loos­ened his tie and had a few drinks, this isn’t the time to be try­ing to ad­vance your ca­reer.

■ Dis­cuss con­tentious top­ics – no mat­ter what your views, you should avoid cer­tain sub­jects. You might think you’re show­ing a dif­fer­ent side to your­self by dis­cussing the likes of sex, re­li­gion and pol­i­tics, but your co-work­ers could see things very dif­fer­ently.

“Ev­ery of­fice party has that one per­son who makes a fool of them­selves after drink­ing too much, but noone wants to be the butt of the of­fice jokes for the next 12 months”

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