At this time of year, it’s likely that your place of work is dancing on Christmas spirit. Everyone is getting ready for their holidays; the chocolate is being passed around and festive tunes are playing repeatedly on the radio.

Meanwhile, you’ve got projects to finish up; invoices to chase and payments to be made, all whilst thinking about those Christmas presents that you should have bought MONTHS ago.  

It can be stressful. That’s why the work Christmas party is the perfect time to de-stress, have a bit of fun and bond with your co-workers.

It is not a time to embarrass yourself or fall out with your desk buddy.

Here is a short guide on the ‘Dos’ and the ‘Don’ts’s at the work Christmas party.

Do Get to Know Your Colleagues

This bunch have been with you through thick and thin. You work together for most of the week, in fact, you practically live together. The annual Christmas celebration is a good time to reflect on how much you really know each other. You know what favourite smelly foods they like to eat at lunch; what their daily tea-drinking schedule looks like and how well they deal with demanding customers over the phone, but what about their world outside of work? There is no need to interrogate your co-workers about their personal life, but it is a good chance to check-in and make sure they are doing okay. Offering yourself as a platform of support may ultimately improve your working relationships.

Don’t Get Over-Excited with The Booze

Who doesn’t love an open bar? It is far too easy to forget about the consequences of a heavy night when there are free shots flying about and alcohol flowing steadily. Lips loosen and the last thing you want to do is to say something that will land you in hot water. Moderation is key and if you know your limits, you’ll have a fantastic time – maybe you’ll even find yourself on the karaoke machine!

Do Show Appreciation for the Food

Someone has made a lot of time and effort to prepare the free food you’re about to devour – and your company has probably spent a fair bit of money making sure you lot have a great meal. Even if the turkey is a bit dry, or the Yorkshires have fallen flat – its always best to speak positively about the best bits rather than make a fuss over how gross the Brussels sprouts are!   

Don’t Leave Early (Or Not Show up At All)

As with the food – hours of thought have been put into what you and your colleagues will enjoy the most this Christmas. Decisions over the best venue, negotiating prices and juggling multiple food requirements is not easy. At Fizzbox we know how stressful it can be to plan an event – therefore you should always try your best to be there and stay for the duration. We understand that personal commitments can get in the way; travelling home might be difficult or you just don’t fancy it, but it’s great for moral if all employees are in it together.  Of course, there are multiple reasons why this might just not work for you, and there shouldn’t be any pressure if it’s simply not possible.  

Do Dress Appropriately

The work Christmas do is probably not the best time to bring out those skimpy leather shorts that you’re dying to show off – no matter what gender you are! Its always fun to have a play around with your clothes; to get out the glitz and glamour and dazzle your co-workers with that florescent green suit that just isn’t suitable for the office. However, it’s important to bear in mind that this is still a relatively professional environment – sophistication is key.

Ugly Christmas jumpers are the exception.   

Do Have Fun!

This is the most important tip of them all. Its been a long year. You and your work buddies deserve a good night together out of the office – enjoy it!