of the 'Silly' Season
parties are an established tradition which helps employees celebrate a
successful year at work and acquaints them with colleagues they don’t
usually get to meet - while affording everyone with a free night of
fun which is generally appreciated.
However company Christmas parties can also be a time when usually
responsible employees allow alcohol to influence their inhibitions
resulting in embarrassing behaviour that often damages their
reputation in the company or can even end their careers.
At the same time an employee’s inability, or refusal, to socialise
could mean losing the opportunity to build relationships that could
later yield fruitful results for career enhancement.
the most of your company Christmas Party!
overindulge: Christmas parties are a great way to consume
as much free food and alcohol as is possible in a few hours, but don't
overdo it. Don’t go rushing to the food queue without inviting
whoever you're talking with, especially if they’re your superior.
With alcoholic drinks, know your limits and take it easy and try to
stay relatively sober so you don't get drunk and let loose atrocious
behavior or talk.
• Dress appropriately: Dress
according to the instructions on the invitation, if there are none
lean towards conservative, making sure not to wear anything
skin-tight, revealing or strange.
• Don’t make sexual passes at anyone:
So you’ve had a crush on a fellow co-worker. Don’t use the
Christmas Party to reveal all as it won’t be an impressive way to
express your feelings. Worse than that, any advances you make have the
potential to be seen as sexual harassment and could lose you your job.
Be careful to ensure that dancing and festive hugging remains
• Watch what you say: These are
interesting times on the political front, but be careful not to get
into a heated debate or argument over clashing viewpoints. Exercise
care as well about passing along gossip or malicious news. Another
party taboo is dishing out dirty and tasteless jokes to people you
• Mingle: Make an effort to meet
people you normally don’t socialise or work with. Christmas parties
can be a great career-enhancing networking opportunity especially if
you work for a large company or if clients and contractors are
invited. Don’t be afraid to mingle through polite conversation and
make sure you have a few business cards handy.
• Avoid talking business with your
colleagues and superiors: It’s also a great idea to chat
with your boss and senior managers, but avoid talking about work. The
last thing your boss wants to do is give you an appraisal or discuss
company policy, internal positions or pay. Remember there is never a
right time to tell your boss what you really think of them, even if it
• Do not treat your superiors like old
mates: Treat your superiors with the same respect given to
them during the year. Don’t call them by nicknames, as more often
than not they are not complimentary. Avoid saying hello with a big
slap on the back and don’t delve into their personal lives or offer
them your life story.
• Be thoughtful with gifts: If
your company does a "Chris Cringle" gift exchange use some
thought to choose a present that suits the person you picked from the
hat. Spend at least the stipulated maximum on the gift and be
thoughtful with the wrapping. Do not buy anything that could insult
them or have you accused of harassment.
• Don’t be a party killjoy:
Stay out of dark corners and mingle with people even if you are the
type who generally keeps to themselves. Don’t complain about the
"lousy food" or "uninspired choice of party
venue," especially if the people who organised the event are
standing near you.
Remember, even though the surroundings may be different and people are
in party mode, you’re still essentially at
appreciation of our association during the past year we extend to
you and your staff our very best wishes for Christmas and the New
look forward to being of service to you in 2003.
People will be open as usual (8am-6pm) during the Christmas period,
except public holidays. Please don't hesitate to contact us for any
Recruitment needs or questions. We look forward to working with you
again in the New Year.