07 Dec 2015

Ho-Ho-Hope You Don’t Ruin Your Reputation This Party Season

It’s that time of year when we all like to relax a little and the end-of-year party season gets into swing.  Whether it’s a Christmas party, an office shindig to celebrate the holidays, a New Year event or just casual networking drinks, it’s a time for fun.  But it’s also really important to remember some guidelines. I’d love to say these are for the “young people” who are new to the workforce, but unfortunately, some “old” people never seem to learn from the headaches of last year (and the year before and the year before that!)

So, here are a few pointers to think about before you head off to the first party of the season.

Alcohol

I probably don’t need to say any more on this point, but I will.  Pace yourself. It’s not a race.  Sure, the alcohol may be free, but that doesn’t mean you have to drink all of it. If it’s a drinks event without food, eat something before you go to make sure you can have a glass or two and not feel the need to lean against your client for support.  Know your limits.  It’s pretty embarrassing throwing up all over a polite colleague who is carrying you to a cab because you can’t walk properly. Puke breath is never a good thing.  Buddy up with a friend or colleague so you can keep an eye on each other’s behaviour and step in if need be.  Drink water between alcoholic drinks.  I could go on about this one for another thousand words or so, but you get the picture.  It’s important you can remember the evening the next day at the office.

Use The Chance To Network

It’s a great opportunity to strengthen relationships in an informal setting.  Get to know your clients, suppliers and colleagues on a more personal level (but not too personal!)

Bring Your Manners – Table And Otherwise.

“Otherwise” can cover many potential nightmares, such as hitting on your colleague or client, being rude and obnoxious and a wide range of other impolite things. Key point: don’t say or do anything you’ll regret in the morning!

Don’t Overshare

Just because it’s a relaxed setting doesn’t mean you should share intimate details of your private life with a client, or risk your job by discussing confidential information with other party-goers.

If  You’re Giving Gifts, Keep Them Appropriate

Don’t give presents that may be offensive or embarrassing to the recipient.  Culture and religion are really important to consider.  Do some research and make wise choices.

Dress Appropriately

Just because it’s Christmas, doesn’t mean you should dress like a sexy reindeer.  Dress for the occasion, location and crowd. Save Santa’s naughty elf for home.

Leave At A Reasonable Hour

Nothing good happens too long after midnight, so make a timely exit and don’t be the last to leave when the sun is starting to rise.

Have fun!

You’ve worked hard all year and now is the time to relax and let your hair down!

Keep these points in mind and you’ll be the one hearing all the gossip the next day at the office.  Otherwise, you may be the subject of the gossip while you’re at home on the couch with a Gatorade and a cheese burger, nursing the world’s worse hangover.

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