Office parties, they're even more laced with office politics than any other usual day. So how do you have fun at your work's Christmas do but not make a massive tit of yourself? Well, read this guide and try and remember it whilst you neck your 10th glass of prosecco.
1) Don't Shag The Boss
It doesn't matter if "he's really fit", Daniel Cleaver was really fit and look how that worked out for poor Bridget. It doesn't matter if they have a glass walled office, amazing suits and more money than you can dream of- shagging your boss is a sure way to get fired and/or make the rest of your work life painfully awkward. If you really want to shag a co-worker, which can't be advised, go for the intern- at least they'll be out of there in a few months.
2) Do Mingle
It's tempting to only hang out with your IRL friends at the office Christmas party, but you do that every other day of the year. This is a chance to get to know some new faces, and find out if boring Bob really is that boring.
3) Don't Get Hammered
Get tipsy, merry and even drunk. Just not hammered. Do not throw up in front of your boss, or do a strip tease for the IT guys, or dance on the tables (and no doubt face plant). It'll give everyone enough stories to last them until the next festive season, but you really don't want to be the butt of that joke.
4) Do Stay The Distance
Leaving early is never a good look at a work party- stay till the end and network, you don't want to look like you just came to drain the free booze and dash. Even if that is the truth.
5) Do Dress Appropriately
This one depends on your office environment, but as a general rule of thumb, don't wear something very controversial. Your mates may love that rude slogan jumper, or that plunge dress, but your boss may not. Save it for another time (shop our work party wear suggestions in the edit below).
6) Don't Cry
There is always one. ALWAYS. Please don't cry, if you know white wine makes you sob then stick to gin. It's awkward for everyone.
7) Don't Bitch About Work
Few shots down you and you decide it's the perfect time to rant about every reason you hate where you work. Please, for the love of god, keep it to yourself. Save it for after work drinks with your IRL friends/work colleagues- the whole office doesn't need to know. K?
8) Do Have Fun
Everyone is worried about making a tit of themselves, that sometimes the fun in office parties can be lost. Try not to do anything awful, like shag your boss, but most of all just remember to have fun. Hopefully everyone will be too sloshed to remember if you do/say anything too awkward anyway.
Go forth and don't vom on your boss...
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