What NOT to Do at the Work Christmas Party

Tuesday 10 December, 2013
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Having an office Christmas party is a great way to allow employees of all levels to mingle and find out about what everyone else does. Often it gives people the chance to 'put a face to the name' which is great for the company culture. And although it's a good time to let your hair down and relax with people you normally don't see outside of work, it's not a good idea to let your guard down too much.

So here's a list of things you should absolutely NOT do at your work Christmas Party:

Not Turn Up

Remember that someone went to a lot of trouble to organise the event. Whether or not you work for a big company, it looks bad if you don't show up. If you RSVP, then go.

Drink too much

Don't be the drunken guy everyone at the office talks about for the next three years. Nobody wants to be remembered as that guy.

Wear revealing/short/tight clothing

In fact, don't wear anything you wouldn't wear in the office. Unless it's a costume party. In which case, you still shouldn't wear a revealing/tight/short costume

Talk about work all night

Even though you work together, you all have lives outside of work (hopefully). This is a great opportunity to get to know a thing or two about your coworkers and/or your boss.

Get too personal in conversation

On the other hand, make sure you don't invade your colleagues' personal space by asking too many question or asking inappropriate questions. Flattering people by asking about them is polite. Stalking is against the law.

Dirty dance

Under no circumstance does bumping and grinding constitute appropriate behavior at a work function. This doesn't mean you shouldn't dance at all though. Clean dancing is encouraged.

Stare at your phone

For many people this is the most obvious thing to do when thrown outside their comfort zone. Sure, it's become standard procedure in many settings to whip out your iPhone and check on your Facebook, Instagram, etc. but this can make you look rude and antisocial at a work function.

Talk to just one person

It's easy to fall into the trap of hanging around your usual buddies throughout the duration of the event, but the point of the Christmas function is to mingle with people outside your department and your usual network.

Complain about the food

When you've accepted an invitation to the Christmas party, you should be clear on the idea that a) your acceptance is voluntary and b) management didn't have to throw a Christmas party for you and the rest of the team.


It's nice to be friendly with your coworkers. It shows that you're a real human, just like them, but there's a thick, bright, well-defined line between friendship and a sexual harassment charge, so steer clear of it.


This isn't the time to tell coworkers what you really think of everyone else's work. Nor is it the time to reveal everything you know about your boss and anybody else you know a thing or two about. Even if you don't remember it the next day, someone else is guaranteed to have heard you.


- The OneShift Blog

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