The office Xmas party – “Oh no I didn’t”, “Oh yes you DID!”


It is that time of the year again and that also means the work Christmas party!

It is important to remember that, while a Christmas party is a social occasion and everyone wants to enjoy themselves, the Christmas party is also an extension of the workplace and employees should behave accordingly. Employees should be aware that what seems like a bit of fun at the time can have repercussions.

With a mix of alcohol and frivolity it is easy for joking about to cross the line into offensive behaviour or sexual harassment. This can in turn lead to disciplinary action, dismissal or discrimination claims with the potential to tarnish a company’s reputation or result in large compensation pay-outs.

Making a fool of yourself at the office Christmas party should be avoided at all costs. Remember you will have to face your colleagues (and bosses) again and if you have behaved badly at the party, it will be an awkward reunion.

Despite all of the above warnings the office Christmas party is an event where you can still behave professionally and enjoy yourself. It provides a good opportunity to socialise with colleagues and bosses within your company with whom you normally don’t have a chance to mingle with. Here are some straightforward suggestions to hopefully keep you out of trouble…..

DO have fun!

DO dress appropriately

DO mingle

DO keep your hands to yourself

DO arrange a lift/taxi home if you will be consuming alcohol

DO know when to go home


DON’T insult the bosses

DON’T start gossip or tell everyone your issues

DON’T mention promotions or complaints

DON’T post embarrassing photos or anecdotes on social media

DON’T call in sick the next day

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