What not to do at the work Christmas party

Despite it being the silly season, it’s probably not the right time to show your colleagues just how silly you can be. So here are some tips to help keep your reputation intact. 

It’s the holiday season and it’s finally time to kick back and raise a glass to all your hard work with your work buddies. Woohoo, you’ve nearly made it through the year! 
You may be excited by all the free food and booze, but remember, you weren’t hired for your amazing eating and drinking skills and you probably still want a job to come back to in 2017.

So moderation, as boring as it sounds, is key. To help you keep your reputation intact here are some tips:


Although Christmas parties tend to have free alcohol on tap, don’t let it cost you your job. Try and drink responsibly:
  • Ensure you eat a proper meal beforehand and have some nibbles throughout the night. 
  • Know your limits and stick to them.
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks.
  • Why not give the alcohol a miss altogether and have mocktails instead? 


Although tempting, don’t stuff your face with party pies and hot chips. You don’t want to risk popping a button.  
  • Try and eat regularly throughout the day and have a healthy snack before you go so you are not starving.
  • Avoid deep fried fatty foods and instead go for healthier options such as chicken or beef skewers. 

Fashion failures 

Scratching your head for inspiration on what to wear?
Remember what Karl Lagerfeld said: “One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress."
A classy, simple suit is always a stylish option for the boys. If you're still searching your wardrobe keep in mind the dress code of your workplace and stick with it. Think about how much skin is appropriate to show, and avoid removing your shoes (or your clothes for that matter) at the event.


girl riding flootie at party fashion

Dance moves

Over your many years tearing up the dance floor you may think you have perfected some killer dance moves but keep it classy for your colleagues. 

These moves are all definite no goes, maybe keep them for the weekend when you’re tearing up the D-floor with your mates.  
  • Worm
  • Grinding
  • Pole dancing
  • Twerking
  • Shimmying 
  • Stripping 
  • Anything with a prop (think wrecking ball) 
If in doubt, ask yourself would you do it in front of your grandparents? 

Office romances

Now is probably not the best time to tell your colleague or boss how much you love them. 

If you really have genuine feelings for someone, this conversation is probably best left to a time when you can be private and alcohol isn’t involved. 
work party kiss optimised

Appropriate conversations

If you wouldn’t be prepared to say something to your colleagues at the office during the day with HR standing there… Don’t feel ‘empowered’ to do it when the lights go down and there are a few drinks involved. 

Nothing has really changed. It’s probably still inappropriate and you could land yourself in a lot of trouble come Monday morning.  

Above all else, make sure you get home safely (hopefully) with your reputation intact. 

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