Shiny ornaments and festive decorations adorn the walls of offices. The Holiday tree is up. Your colleagues are in high spirits and discussing their plans for the festive season. After 12 months of hustling at work, office holiday parties are the perfect time for employees to let loose, have a little fun, reflect on and celebrate the past year. But of course, that is if everyone is on their best behavior.
We asked our colleagues at Accela and the Proof & Co. Spirits team for their dos and don’ts of office holiday party etiquette.
Do sing Christmas carols – sing your heart out!
For the closet singer (secret shower singers, you know who you are!), this is the perfect opportunity to impress your colleagues and show off your singing ability! Even if you are shy, do hum along to the Christmas carols.
Don’t get too caught up though, as Accela’s VP of Finance, Eugenia Hartono said, “no one wants to be that hooligan that started a drinking chant.”
Do participate in gift exchanges, but don’t recycle old gifts!
We all love receiving gifts. The thrill of the surprise of what’s in the package and the excitement of finding the perfect gift for our Secret Santa. But admit it, we all have that old Christmas gift which we secretly dislike and kept simply because we can’t bear to throw it away. At times you might be tempted to reuse this gift for gift exchanges. But don’t do that!
“Imagine making an effort to give someone a gift only to have it given away. I would personally be disappointed. Gifts, especially birthday and Christmas ones, hold a sentimental value.” said Accela’s IT & Web Developer Lord Acuña.
Do mingle and chit-chat with people you don’t normally.
Have a mysterious new colleague which you have been dying to talk to? Or what about that fellow colleague who is a huge Marvel fan (me too!) and has Spider-Man figurines on his table?
Office parties are a great way for you to get to know the new faces in the office and bond with your colleagues and bosses in a casual setting. The Proof & Company team suggest getting to know at least one of your colleagues better during the party.
Do drink water.
It’s easy to forget to stay hydrated whilst we’re hyped up and in the mood to party. Drink plenty of water before, during and after the party. Not only does this help pace alcohol consumption, it also prevents alcohol dehydration which causes hangovers. Enjoy yourself, but do remember you are still required to show up to work the next day!
Do get some nice team photos.
Long after the party is over, photos capture the memories of that night and are great to recall funny moments. But be sure not to take inappropriate or unflattering footage of your colleagues. A moment captured in a photograph stays forever so in true Christmas spirit, be kind to your teammates!
Don’t get too drunk.
This is an important rule – the key is drinking in moderation.
Accela’s Account Manager Jennifer Stewart said, “Have fun, but not too much fun. It may be Christmas but maintaining your professionalism is paramount. Afterall, you’re in the presence of your colleagues and boss.”
You definitely do not want to be caught gossiping about your colleagues or worse – telling your boss JUST what you think about them after a few too many eggnogs.
Don’t call in sick the next day!
Do show up to work the next day. But in case you had too many drinks the night before, here are some tips for you to survive the next day at work after a night of partying.
There you have it, 7 tips from our colleagues at Accela and the Proof & Company Spirits team to prep you for the coming office holiday parties. Enjoy yourself but keep it classy – you still have to come in to work the next day, and you don’t want to be banned from future parties, do you?