The dos and don'ts of the office Christmas party

Some love it, while others dread it. 'Tis the season for the office Christmas party, a sociopolitical minefield.

So how can you make sure you survive the silly season unscathed?

DON'T

 

Talk to people you wouldn't normally. Especially if you're in a larger company. There are few things worse than that awkward post-party-but-pre-Christmas stage and you bump into that person who you never used to speak to until you poured your soul out to them.

Ask out the co-worker you've had your eye on all year. Yes, she's gorgeous, but no, don't do it. No matter how many of your colleagues tell you it's a good idea, it's not. There's a reason you haven't done it all year. Back away. Quickly.

Hook up with your co-worker in the stairwell. It may seem like a good idea, but you're not as subtle as you think. Everyone will know and will talk about it for years to come - and it won't be in a positive manner.

Get into a fist-fight with THAT guy. It's not worth the HR headache.

Throw your drink in your boss's face and announce your resignation. No matter how long you've been dreaming of it, it's a bad time of year to quit. Most places shut down over the break so it's hard to get a new position. And you shouldn't throw your drink at your boss.

Probably don't fall asleep in the middle of your office during the party.
Probably don't fall asleep in the middle of your office during the party. Photo credit: Getty / File

DO

 

Talk to people you wouldn't normally. Especially if you're in a larger company. Take the opportunity to meet some new people while everyone has their guard down - you could meet your new office bestie.

Eat and drink to your heart's content. If work's buying, it's your duty to consume as much food and beverage as is humanly possible. It's not called the silly season for nothing after all. DISCLAIMER: Drink responsibly, if your workplace is supplying alcohol. Know your limits and plan a safe way to get home.

Go all-out on the theme. Life's always 100 percent better when you put in 100 percent effort. If it's a dress-up, you need to dress up.  

As clichéd as it may sound, the most important thing at the end of the night is to have fun, enjoy yourself and still have a job without any pending HR investigations.

That'd be a sure-fire way to dampen the holiday spirit.

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