Now we’re in the first week of December, it’s safe to say that the festive period is officially upon us. All those invitations to corporate parties, or post-work get togethers that have been flooding in all last month are going to be happening in the next week or so.
Whilst Christmas is undoubtedly a time to let your hair down and have a bit of fun, when it comes to work related celebrations, it can be a bit of a minefield. How then can you make sure you don’t fall foul of what’s expected, and end up being the centre of New Year’s gossip?
Always remember the etiquette
Yes, it might be a party. Yes, it might be held outside of work hours, and off company property; however, you are still with your work colleagues. Some of your clients may even be present. You are off the clock but you are representing your company.
That might sound quite boring for a work do, where the idea is to have fun and build stronger relationships, but if you bear it in mind now, you’re less likely to get it wrong on the night.
Remember that what might seem like a bit of fun after a few glasses of wine/beer can’t simply be retracted the next day when the hangover kicks in. Whatever you say or do could have lasting implications, and may make you feel awkward, or someone else for that matter, when you’re back in the work environment.
If you’re an employer it’s worth sending an email round to everyone before the event to remind them that usual company rules, policies and expectations in relation to behaviour apply.
Most of us get a little giddy at the idea of a free bar. Whilst that’s one thing when it’s your cousin Patty’s wedding and you’re surrounded by friends, family or people you may never see again, it’s quite a different matter when it comes to the work do.
People have long memories, even when alcohol is involved. So, if you get so drunk that you think doing a lap dance for the MD is a good idea, no one else will ever let you forget it.
Remember, these are your colleagues and you have a professional reputation to uphold. Whilst you don’t have to be rigid and disengaged throughout the evening, make sure you don’t do anything you are likely to regret. Ask yourself if you want people talking about this moment for the next six months, or the story coming out every single time there’s a work do.
No one wants their name associated with the words, “Remember the time that X from accounting got so drunk she …”
Remember, People Matters are here to help you with any advice you need, no matter what the situation. So, if you’re not sure how to handle the upcoming work celebrations, get in touch.
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