It’s that time again: summer has well and truly arrived, shopping centres are playing ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ on loop, and the work Christmas party invitations are being rolled out.
Everyone loves a good end-of-year party, but nobody wants to be that person standing on the table yelling “SHOTS! SHOTS! SHOTS!” in front of the boss (calm down, Jenny, it’s not that kind of party).
So here are some handy Dos and Don'ts to help you navigate your way around the work social etiquette this season.
DO: Arrive punctually.
Yes, it's a party and it's casual, but you've been on time all year and you don't want to ruin your streak now.
DON'T: Wear a 'naughty' Santa outfit.
No one wants to see your Mean Girls 'Jingle Bell Rock' routine again. (Still looking at you, Jenny.)
DO: Engage in conversation with your superiors.
This is a great and casual setting to make some good ground with the people paying your wage. For instance:
"You like puppies too?! OMG we are the same person! You should promote me!*"
DON'T: Have a drinking competition with your colleagues.
This is not the place to beat Jenny's record of six glasses of champagne in 20 minutes. (Post continues after gallery.)
DO: Get into the spirit of the season.
Show off your fun side by engaging in the theme of the party (tastefully), even if it means wearing those super lame reindeer antlers.
DON'T: Start complaining about work-related things.
No one wants to hear how much you hated working on that project — especially your boss who's standing about two meters away from you.
DO: Offer to help set up or organise.
If colleagues are organising the party, it always looks good (and is just a nice thing to do) to offer to help in any way, whether it be setting up or running to the $2 store to get more cups.
DON'T: Complain about having to go.
It will reflect badly on you as a worker and a person if you start whingeing about having to go to a work party that has been organised (at the expense of your workplace) for you.
Watch: The awkward person's guide to the work Christmas party. (Post continues after video.)
DO: Socialise with the person in your office who is known as the 'quiet' one.
They might have a hard time socialising with people, so if you see them on the outskirts by themselves, invite them to come and chat with you and your group. An inclusive workplace is a happy workplace, and who knows — you mind end up being great friends.
DON'T: Hook up with a colleague.
Seriously. You do NOT want to be that girl (or guy) that everyone talks about for the next year because they saw you in the corner messily swapping saliva with the head of accounting.
* OK, so don't actually straight-up ask for a promotion. Definitely not the time or place.