2014 is almost done and celebrating your way through the season may seem like the perfect time to let loose after a productive year. But be warned – office parties can be a professional landmine. And your behaviour this season could have a lasting impact on your workplace reputation.
So who better to share some simple rules of engagement to manage your own internal PR than the PR Pros themselves. From around the Talk Shop office we present 10 ways to find the perfect balance between letting loose and staying classy.
- Show up sober and under no circumstances sit and sulk in the corner.
- EAT! The last thing you want to do is begin drinking on an empty stomach in front of the people who sign your paycheque.
- Alcohol is a social lubricant. Enjoy, but watch that line between buzzed and sloppy.
- If there is dancing… get out there! But refrain from the following:
Have a casual conversation with your boss and wish him or her a happy holiday. Under circumstance act a fool in their presence. Attempting to negotiate raises, offering feedback or complaining about anything in the office is a no no.Get to know your colleagues a little better. Also, people like to share when they’re drunk; have your questions ready.Dress up for the occasion. Better to be overdressed. Just remember to keep it appropriate. Keep those short skirts and deep Vs at home.If you have someone special in your life, bring them along (if that’s allowed). This could be a great time to introduce them to your co-workers. If you like someone at work, Christmas party flirting can also be fun, but don’t be that person throwing yourself at your workplace crush or hooking up in front of co-workers.Take total advantage of any and all adorable Christmasy photo ops. Nothing encourages colleague bonding faster than having some quality Instagrams together.
- dropping it like it’s hot
- any move Beyoncé has mastered
*Disclaimer: It ain’t cool to take shame pics of people who disregarded these tips.Lastly, make a graceful exit if you feel like it’s time to call it a night. Avoid falling asleep in the bathroom or passing out mid-party.