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Office Christmas party survival guide

jelka2l.jpgIt’s a jungle out there! Long hours, working weekends, endlessly increasing expectations and pressure – you have to unwind and blow off some steam. Ah, the office Christmas party, let’s go wild and party like there’s no tomorrow. Sounds good, right? Well, wrong. This is not an occasion that should be taken too lightly.

Depending on the working environment, we will all have a different experience at office parties. Some will enjoy a relaxed, informal atmosphere in which a little loose behaviour may be tolerated, but some will end up in the unemployed waiting line if they are not careful. Here’s a list with a couple of pointers on how to survive the office Christmas party season.

Don’t drink too much

This may seem obvious enough, but it is very important. It’s easy to get carried away and drink too much. More booze means more potential trouble as the party progresses. Almost all problems at these parties are a direct consequence of individuals not being able to control themselves having had too much to drink. Try to avoid standing to close to the Christmas trees, the last thing you need is a close encounter with it. 🙂

Make an effort to attend

Do whatever you can to show up at the party. This way, you will not only make sure you are there to meet everyone, but also you will show that you see yourself as part of the “family”, and the rest should see you that way as well. Additionally, if you’ve already told someone from your company you will attend, than you really should.

Control your emotions

No, this doesn’t mean you should withhold, but don’t overdo it either. Crying and emotional outbursts are not something you want to happen on an occasion like this. You will be exposed to everyone’s eyes and judgment, especially from senior employees, many of whom can significantly impact your future with the company. Many of us have problems in our professional and private life. Added to every day stress and pressure, these problems are time bombs waiting for a relaxed, alcohol catalysed situation, to come out. Don’t forget, it’s a party, you should relax and unwind, but not turn the whole experience into a therapy session. Problems should be solved elsewhere. If you are very troubled, make a proper excuse for not showing up at the party at all, and have some quality time for yourself.

Keep your private life to yourself

This is in direct relationship with the previous point. Keep your private life to yourself. This will not only protect your integrity in the long run, but it will also help you listen to other people, engage in relaxed chit chat, and present yourself to your colleagues as a fun and enjoyable person that you are.

Be attractive, but don’t show too much

Wardrobe is an important part of your appearance anywhere. Even though no one should be judged by the clothes they wear, in the corporate world, visual appearance is an important part in the grand scheme of things. Many of us will be eager to leave a strong impression on everyone attending the party, but things shouldn’t go too far. Keep it simple, elegant, and moderate. Don’t show too much, and you will be fine. And guys, this goes for you as well. 🙂

Relax, mingle, chat, stay connected

Ok, everything said so far may have put some pressure on you, but they are just things to keep in mind before you go to the company Christmas party. In the end, it’s still just a party. You should have fun, mingle, chat and make new connections. Don’t just spend time with people you know from your department, but try and meet some of the other people working at the company. There may be opportunities you are not even aware of right now, that you may learn of from others. Take a little, but also share a little, and most of all enjoy yourself!

With all the office and home decorations ahead, we at Todich Floral Design will probably be working during the holidays, but that’s okay – we love to help people enjoy themselves. We will have a little office party of our own, but ready to take orders from our clients at any time. C’est la vie!

By the way, if you are organising an office party, take a look at what we can do for you.

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