Tips to survive your Office Christmas Party
The office Christmas party is often one of the highlight events of 2018. Everyone is in high spirits, everyone is ready for a good time and everyone wants to close 2018 off in style. Good for you. All I can advise is not to close it off in too much style… if you catch my drift. Here are some tips to ensure you don’t wake up with mega ‘post-party shame’ the next morning (don’t worry, we’ve all been there)
1. The pre-prep – The anticipation of the work Christmas bash can often provide some office buzz in the hours running up to the event, especially if it’s an evening event. Everyone is a bit distracted and fidgety. There is discussion over outfits with colleagues running out to the shops to buy those last minute snowflake earrings. On the flip side, there are those of you who are desperately trying to get through a two-day to-do list in preparation for a seriously unproductive day the following day. Whatever the reason this can often lead to lunch being skipped. Without sounding like your mum… make sure you eat lunch, or something, even if you’re not hungry or there is no time. It will save you later. Promise.
2. Don’t be excessive - Hold back the team, hold back. At least until your boss has gone home. I find office Christmas parties, and the rules to follow can be closely compared to weddings. They are a marathon not a ‘quick pint (or 5) after work’ sprint. If you get far too excited to quickly and consume too much without being aware of it (think wedding reception….) that’s ok, but introduce a timeout period. At the end of the day, excess leads to over-excitement, oversharing and this can often lead to you waking up the next morning wanting to bury your head under your pillow and working out the best possible excuse to prevent you from having to go into work that day.
3. Beware of the cocktails – Christmas cocktails can be lethal. I can almost guarantee that 99% of you will question the alcohol content of the ‘Red Hot Santa Tini’ or the ‘Grinch’, claiming a 0% content. You are wrong. Don’t listen to yourself. Even if it is just an extreme sugar rush, heavy consumption of these wonder mixes could send you over the edge!
4. Mingle - The Christmas party is one of the rare times you get quality time with your colleagues away from the office. Now, I know that you want to have fun with your ‘work’ friends, those people you sit next to every day and spend more time with annually than you do with your partners, friends, and family… but make sure to mingle. Take advantage of this event to get to know colleagues outside your daily circle. This will be advantageous both personally and professionally. Tip: whilst mingling is a must, don’t spend the whole time (or any time) talking about work.
5. Don’t overshare – this really should be a part (b) to the above. Whilst I commend those of you who step out of your comfort zone and strike up a conversation with someone of senior rank, make sure you engage brain before you engage mouth. Yes, steer away from talking about work, but that doesn’t mean in a moment of blind panic you should share your deepest darkest secrets or become the office gossip. It will not help your cause!