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Christmas party etiquette

Office Christmas party season is officially in full swing. But do you know the correct etiquette for handling the annual do?  
The experts at LondonOffices.com have compiled the 10 key ways to enjoy the office festive party like a pro.
It includes things like eating before you go, avoiding romantic encounters and networking with your fellow colleagues.


It also mentions the importance of attendance and how showing up and making the effort can make you look like you really care about your work life.  

And keeping your opinions to yourself, thanking the host and knowing when enough is enough are also featured.  

Chris Meredith, CEO of LondonOffices.com said: “Whilst the staff Christmas party may be a chance for you to let your hair down, you need to know your limits.  

“Whilst it is important to have a couple of drinks and share a laugh with your colleagues, there’s a time and a place for some things.  

“And getting too drunk, flirting with colleagues or being memorable for all the wrong reasons are three things you must avoid.  

“Our list should hopefully guide you in knowing the right and wrong way to enjoy the work office party.”  

1. Attendance is key
Although attendance to your staff Christmas party is optional, it’s a good idea to show your face. Even if drunken work colleagues, loud music and secret Santa’s aren’t your thing, it’s important to look like you care about your work life. And sometimes, all it takes is a night out for your work friends to become your real friends.  

2. Eat before you go
If you know the party is going to consist of a LOT of cocktails but only a few measly canapes, then make sure you eat before you go. Have something starchy like pasta or pizza to soak up the alcohol.  

3. Network
Christmas parties are actually a great way to mingle with people in your office who you wouldn’t usually talk to. Use it to make a good impression on your colleagues and you never know, it may even get noticed by the bosses.  

4. Avoid romantic encounters
After a few glasses of prosecco, the single you may find it ever so tempting to have a romantic encounter with another colleague – but be cautious of this. The next day back at work could be seriously awkward.  

5. Keep your opinions to yourself
Sometimes, our drunken minds runaway with us and we end up saying things we regret. There is a time and a place for discussions and it’s certainly not at the staff party. If you know that you have the tendency to blabber after a drink or two, then try to hold back on the booze.  

6. Don’t drink too much
The free bar may mean that the drinks will be flowing, but don’t fall into the trap of drinking more than you can handle. Know your limits and don’t go over them.  

7. Don’t be memorable for all the wrong reasons
Whilst it’s great to make a lasting impression on your colleagues, it’s important to not be too memorable. Nobody wants to be known as the person who photocopied their backside or was sick in the store cupboard.  

8. No flirting with the boss
Remember to always keep it professional. Never say anything that could be misread as being flirtatious. The same goes for touching as well. The safest option is always the handshake rather than a cheek kiss or hug.  

9. Thank the host
If it was your boss who hosted the evening, the polite thing to do would be to send over a thank you gesture. Or if you know for a fine fact it was their assistant that did most of the work, it would hurt to thank him/her either.  

10. Know when enough is enough
If you find yourself making so much as a slight fool of yourself, then perhaps it’s time to hail a cab and head home.

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