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Published On: Sat, Dec 24th, 2016

How Not to Behave at Your Work Christmas Party

If you are planning on attending this year’s Christmas party for your job, you need to know how you should behave and how you shouldn’t behave. The last thing that you want to do is make a fool of yourself and come off as an unprofessional person who does not know how to have a good time without losing control. So check out the tips below, as they will guide you on what you need to avoid when you are at a holiday work party.

Don’t Drink Too Much

If alcohol will be served at your work Christmas party, the last thing that you should do is drink it like you are at a nightclub. Give yourself a maximum of two drinks so that you can let loose a bit while still remaining in control. If you are too drunk to participate in party games like office Christmas bingo from Ladbrokes, you have already overdone it. Stay sober so that you can enjoy the company of your co-workers and so you can avoid making a fool of yourself.

Don’t Talk Too Much

In addition to avoiding gossip at your holiday work party, you should also avoid keeping someone in a conversation with you for too long. While it might be easy to fall into a trap that keeps you speaking with someone that you get along with, you should not have to stay near them for the duration of the entire party, especially if they want to mingle with other people. So keep your conversations short at around 10 to 15 minutes each so that people have the chance to move on if they choose to.

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Don’t Dance Inappropriately

If there is a dance floor and music playing at the party, you can certainly let loose and get your body moving, but just be sure to keep it classy. Respect other people’s space and don’t dance in an inappropriate way that would be unprofessional and embarrassing.

Don’t Leave Really Early

Although you can certainly leave before the party is officially complete, you should not leave after only being there for about an hour. You need to respect the fact that several people put a lot of time, money, and energy into making the Christmas work party come to life, so the least that you can do is stay for the majority of the event before excusing yourself to go home.

Don’t Dress Inappropriately

Finally, it is always a good idea to ask about the dress code for an office Christmas party, or at least assume the dress code based upon your past experience at your job and on the location of the event. If you arrive dressed inappropriately, you will feel uncomfortable and you will come off as extremely unprofessional.

Keep the tips above in mind as you attend this year’s work events for the holidays, including the annual Christmas party. In this way, you can be on your best behaviour and no one will have anything negative to say about you.

Author: Joao Pedro

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