Surviving the Christmas Party

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Whether you’re an introvert or an extrovert, the Christmas party brings everyone a sack full of difficulties to navigate. From the secretary who’s had too much to drink to the accounts manager who’d rather be at home watching Elf, traversing the holiday season festivities can’t be boiled down to a simple list of do’s and don’ts.

Every workplace is different, so instead of telling you exactly what to do, we’ve gathered up some advice from experienced individuals and if it does get a little too merry and you’ve been more naughty than nice, remember that laughing it off is always preferable to hiding away, or you’ll risk the office clown dining out on it forever.

Christmas parties are never obligatory, however there is the implication that you should be there. After all, a lot of money is spent on these events, so opting out can often feel ungrateful. Although she may be being a little overzealous about your personality, Perry, author of ‘How to stay sane’ says “you have a duty to go to these things, because other people want to see you”. If you don’t feel the same about them, you always have the option of cramming yourself into as many photos as possible before bolting out the door.

On the subject of pictures, it’s best to save any Instagram posts for the morning after. Posting out dodgy pictures of your colleagues could damage their career, meaning you’ll be getting a lot of side eyes from your team mates well after the holiday season is over. And as 12% of us admit to posing for embarrassing photos during the Christmas party, we can only hope that your coworkers return the favour.

Workplace Relations Solicitor, Amelia Peters, notes the obvious, stating that “alcohol is the biggest risk factor for bad behavior at these types of events”, however staying teetotal for the night can seem like a thankless task after one too many conversations with Hal from IT. Instead Ellen Scott from the Metro suggests keeping a tally of drinks on your wrist. When you start to run out of room, it might be time to go home.

“Write your address on your hand before you go out so you can show it to the driver if you become incoherent. Or I suppose you could just not drink quite as much.”- Jarvis Cocker

The jury’s out on whether you should be networking in-between booze and turkey, with workplace psychologist, Dr Gary Wood saying “don’t expect the conversation to be deep and meaningful at parties”. It’s up to you to weigh up whether it’s a good thing that your CEO now knows your name after you ‘wowed them’ with the cha cha slide, however it’s important to note that this is a night out for your manager too so attempting to engage them in a conversation about analytics isn’t going to go down well.

“Always come to a conversation with two drinks. Then if it’s dire you can pretend you were on the way to find someone else… and if it’s interesting, you can stay and down two drinks.”- Emily Maitlis

People spend a lot of time worrying about the Christmas party, however it is meant to be fun, so throw on something glitter, grab some champagne and try your hardest not to be in the 14% who flirt with their boss.