With the Christmas season fast approaching we want to provide a quick refresher of the Christmas night do’s and don’ts. Making sure you avoid the walk of shame to your desk, or even worse the boardroom come Monday morning
We have all been involved at one time or another in a conversation about the antics at the Christmas staff do. It is a minefield of embarrassing moments waiting to happen. Our Christmas check list will hopefully help you navigate around these ensuring an enjoyable night without your best impersonation of Rambo or the karate kid with your tie around your head come last orders.
Christmas Check List
1) Make sure to attend.
Although the Christmas doo is optional, it is one night of the year that the whole of the company tends to come together to celebrate success and let the hair down. People relax a bit more outside of work and you never know whom you might actually end up getting along with. Non-attendance can sometimes be noted and although your reasoning may be to avoid embarrassment, some may not consider you a team player.
2) Avoid office gossip or politics.
Yes the drink may be in and the wits out, but these situations never tend to end well.
3) Drink Responsibly
Easier said than done I admit, getting into rounds of Yeger bombs is dangerous. However most people forget that this is a work event, you will be held accountable for your actions. You may have Dutch courage after a few too many shandys but avoid being over friendly, or alternatively aggressive because Joe blogs gave you a poor review over last month’s performance.
Know your limits and stick to them. Drink a pint of water every now and then, thats my trick!
These events are great opportunities to meet and speak with key decision makers within the business. Use them to your advantage, make sure to leave the right lasting impression.
Ensure to be polite if you do find yourself talking to someone who isn’t the best of craic don’t leave them on their own once you move on to a new conversation do your best to move into a bigger crowd to avoid awkward silences, not only that but its Christmas and no one should feel left out.
5) Plan your Journey in Advance.
Leave the car at home, pre-plan your journey book an Uber, or know when your last mode of Public transport is to leave. Alternatively if it is a viable option book accommodation near to the venue to avoid a drunken journey home. Trying to flag a taxi after you missed the last train or bus not only a costly affair but you may find yourself catch Pneumonia while doing so.
6) Social Media.
If your company want to document the night, I am sure they will hire a professional. Take your fair share of selfies. Make sure to be careful with what you post on your social media accounts, drunken tweets, intsa’s and snaps can land you in hot water!
7) Do not call in sick on Monday
Apart from that enjoy yourself, stay safe and Drink responsibly
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