Office Party Etiquette – Your Behavioural Guide For This Festive Season

By Anita Jaynes on December 5, 2016

Although the big day itself is still a few weeks away, the office Christmas party season is already in full swing.

Over the coming weeks Wiltshire’s restaurants, bars and late night venues will be bustling with co-workers hitting the town for their annual work Christmas do.

For many it’s a welcome reward and recognition of their efforts over the past year – a chance to relax in the company of colleagues over a bite to eat, and in some cases a few too many drinks.

But if you’re not careful, what can start as mirth and merriment to herald the start of the festive season can quickly turn into the office gossip the next working day…or worse.

To help you avoid the pitfalls of the Christmas party whilst still having a good time, Juice Recruitment has put together this handy guide for the Christmas party-goer this season:

1.       Don’t drink too much! This is the golden rule. That’s not to say you have to be teetotal, but remain in control at all times. What might seem like a funny joke to say to your boss at the time might, in the cold light of day, be wholly inappropriate!

2.       Pre-book your taxi! Not only does this help to ensure that you get home safely, it also allows you to put an appropriate time limit on proceedings – particularly important if you are working the next day.

3.       Be wary of social media. Taking a selfie with some colleagues and uploading it to Twitter might seem like a good plan, but whilst you think you’re all looking gorgeous the photo might be interpreted differently by an outsider or a client.

4.       Don’t get too close to your colleagues!  A few glasses of eggnog and a sprig of Mistletoe could lead to some awkward office dynamics the next day.

5.       Screens off – Admittedly some Christmas parties can be rather dull – but it’s important to try and feign interest for as long as possible. Don’t spend the evening staring at your phone. Remember: Smile and Nod.

6.       Don’t talk Trump or bang on about Brexit. As we all know, conversations around religion and politics are a no no – and this year politics is the hot potato that can split a room down the middle. Whilst you may feel your opinions are correct (particularly after a few glasses), they may differ drastically from some of your co-workers. There’s a fine line between a heated debate and an argument.

7.       Don’t get drawn into office politics. Whilst it may be evident to some that Dave in accounts is always late for work, the Christmas party is not the place to air your grievances.

8.       Talk shop – but not for too long! Try not to let work hijack the party. Whilst it’s good to talk shop if the boss is asking you questions, make sure you don’t spend the entire night boring your co-workers with the latest news from your high-profile account.

9.       Secret Santa. It might not be your ‘thing’, but a lot of companies like to take part in the Secret Santa custom. Don’t be a killjoy – put some thought into a fun and appropriate present for people to enjoy.

10.   Eating is not always cheating and making sure you have a good lunch before the prosecco starts flowing is a good idea. A finger buffet is not going to soak up much alcohol and you don’t want to be known as the person who threw up on the boss’s shoes – that promotion would quite literally get flushed down the toilet.

For more information on Juice Recruitment, please contact Jenny Gray on 01225 447870 – jennyg@juicerecruitment.com