The office Christmas party is usually known as the occasion to relax, drink, dance and voice your opinion on work issues that probably should be kept quiet. As a woman climbing the corporate ladder use the office Christmas party as a chance to connect and build relationships with senior managers and colleagues you generally don’t get a chance to work with on a daily basis.

5 Tips to remember:

1.    Dress appropriately

Dress appropriately. When choosing an outfit consider dress code, theme, location and time of day. Don’t dress as if you are going to a nightclub. Stay clear of too tight fitting or too much cleavage. Make a smart choice with the footwear, heels may look hot, but if you’re on your feet all night consider having emergency flats. The absolute worst look is a corporate woman with no shoes on. Go for understated elegance and style.

2.    Network

Show off your communication skills by circulating and talking to everyone. Avoid gossip, rude jokes and complaining. Keep the conversation light and talk about hobbies, interests and holidays. The key to all networking is listen; be responsive and not too serious.

3.    Mind your manners

Nothing undermines your professional image more than holding your knife and fork like a hillbilly or stuffing finger food down your mouth. Place your finger food on a napkin first instead of eating directly from tray to mouth, and don’t double dip! If the party is a sit down dinner you may need to brush up on dining etiquette.

4.    DON’T overindulge

It’s a good idea to say hello to all senior managers early in the evening before you’ve had alcohol. Since it’s a social event it’s okay to have a glass of beer, wine or champagne at a party but set yourself a limit and stick to it. No matter how hard you try to make up for drunken foolishness later, bad behavior will haunt you for years. Also never let yourself be photographed holding a drink in your hand.

5.    DON’T flirt

This is not the time to snuggle and whisper to your colleague you have the hots for. Avoid anything that looks like mistletoe or close affection. What may seem like harmless cuddles and kisses could become a sexual harassment complaint after the party has ended.

A office Christmas party is more business than party. It can be a minefield, but with a little thought and preplanning there is no reason why it should not be a fantastic fun event.

  1. 3timesamum

    17th June 2014 at 7:52 pm,

    MoM Rewards: 3timesamum has a diamond MoM rewards level 3timesamum said:

    I always follow the rule of “is it professional behaviour” during work social events.

  2. no1ladydj

    30th May 2014 at 7:04 pm,

    MoM Rewards: no1ladydj has a diamond MoM rewards level no1ladydj said:

    There’s a time and a place for everything, and the office/work Xmas party is rarely (if ever) that time and place. Never say or do anything that you wouldn’t be happy to have brought up in the middle of a work meeting.

  3. catgrrl3

    27th May 2014 at 3:50 pm,

    MoM Rewards: catgrrl3 has a diamond MoM rewards level catgrrl3 said:

    never liked going to an office party

  4. kazh

    22nd May 2014 at 12:20 am,

    MoM Rewards: kazh has a diamond MoM rewards level kazh said:

    these things are just supposed to be awkward

  5. 20th May 2014 at 10:14 pm,

    MoM Rewards: christial has a diamond MoM rewards level christial said:

    Never liked going to parties with the office! Maybe I’m just a bit anti social?

  6. 13th May 2014 at 7:50 pm,

    MoM Rewards: sarah_wardleworth has a sapphire MoM rewards level sarah_wardleworth said:

    Good read thanks for the information

  7. kafer

    11th February 2014 at 10:30 am,

    MoM Rewards: kafer has a diamond MoM rewards level kafer said:

    So true about watching you manners. so many colleagues forget this.

  8. yyon4699

    30th January 2014 at 9:52 pm,

    MoM Rewards: yyon4699 has a diamond MoM rewards level yyon4699 said:

    thank you for this post

  9. ilees68

    16th January 2014 at 12:32 pm,

    MoM Rewards: ilees68 has a diamond MoM rewards level ilees68 said:

    Great one thanks for sharing this.

  10. ljsalomon

    3rd January 2014 at 4:02 pm,

    MoM Rewards: ljsalomon has a diamond MoM rewards level ljsalomon said:

    Interesting to read – thanks for sharing.

  11. yyon4699

    3rd January 2014 at 3:46 pm,

    MoM Rewards: yyon4699 has a diamond MoM rewards level yyon4699 said:

    This is why office parties is not as fun as real parties!!! haha

  12. 29th December 2013 at 12:20 pm,

    MoM Rewards: jadeeeee has a diamond MoM rewards level jadeeeee said:

    great tips – thanks for sharing

  13. 21st December 2013 at 2:11 pm,

    MoM Rewards: kathryn has a diamond MoM rewards level kathryn said:

    thankfully the office party this year was a nice dinner

    1. ginoula5

      24th August 2014 at 4:41 pm,

      MoM Rewards: ginoula5 has a diamond MoM rewards level ginoula5 said:

      haha I would prefer that, nicer and on the safer side for some workers who tend to get a little too out there at office parties.



  14. emmij

    13th December 2013 at 1:09 pm,

    MoM Rewards: emmij has a diamond MoM rewards level emmij said:

    thanks for sharing :) great

  15. 27th November 2013 at 3:20 pm,

    MoM Rewards: coppin85 has a diamond MoM rewards level coppin85 said:

    Thank you for sharing :)

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