What not to do at the office Christmas party

The office Christmas party should be an occasion that everyone looks forward to. It’s a chance to relax, let your hair down, socialise with your colleagues and reward yourself for a year of hard work. However, if you aren’t careful, it can also be an occasion fraught with embarrassment and perhaps even the start of a career catastrophe.

By all means, have fun at your work’s Christmas party, but make sure you follow these golden rules to get through the night unscathed:

Don’t skip it. You might not want to go to your office Christmas party, whether you don’t get on with all of your colleagues or you don’t enjoy work-related ‘fun’, but you should at least show your face. Skipping it can ostracise you from your workmates and your boss may notice your lack of commitment. Plus, you’ll feel like you’ve missed out on Monday morning when everyone’s talking about what a great night they had.

Don’t break your own drink limit. Before you head out for the evening, set yourself a drink limit or a time to leave. It doesn’t sound very fun, but if you can stick to it, you can save yourself from doing or saying anything that could leave you red-faced the following Monday. If there’s a free bar, resist temptation to drink as much as possible – you’ll only regret it. Enjoy a pleasant few tipples, but if you go too far, your inhibitions could be lowered and your tongue loosened. It’s a recipe for disaster!

Don’t dress inappropriately. As it’s a social event, it’s absolutely fine to add a little glitz to your Christmas party outfit. However, it’s always best to stick to office-appropriate clothes – or at least, not go over the top with a revealing or garish outfit best suited to a nightclub.

Don’t gossip. A bit of juicy gossip about a colleague can be very hard to resist, especially when the alcohol has been flowing, but it will almost certainly come back to haunt you. Resist!

Don’t post anything inappropriate on social media. In fact, it’s probably best to avoid posting anything on Facebook or Twitter from your office Christmas party, unless it’s an organized group photo that everyone agreed to pose for.

Don’t be anti-social. If you’ve decided that you’re only going to your office Christmas party just to show your face, try not to make it obvious. Avoid sitting in a corner staring at your phone, or looking bored when other people are talking, as it won’t do you any favours back at work. Socialise, mingle and try to have a good time.

Another crucial thing to do ahead of your office Christmas party is to work out where you’ll stay or how you’ll get home. Guests at events at Weetwood Hall in the past enjoy the convenience of accommodation ready and waiting at the end of the night. If you aren’t attending Christmas parties at Weetwood Hall, you can still book a room and head there after a night out on the town – the venue is just a stone’s throw from Leeds city centre.

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