Consider this a Public Service Announcement.
The work Christmas party season is upon us. A time of bounteous free booze, tiny duck pancakes and letting our hair down after another year of smashing KPIs out of the park and team playing. Right?
Well, sort of.
Those free drinks (scientifically proven to taste the best) become very expensive if you partake so enthusiastically that you jeopardise a year’s good work in a single night.
By now you’ve likely received the All-Staff email from HR, with the party details and the gentle reminder that this is a work event.
You probably gave the last bit a bored once-over before hitting DELETE, safe in the knowledge that they aren’t talking to you. They’re just doing that because they have to, and anyway, you’re going to keep yourself nice, right?
And then the party starts.
The boss is welcoming you and pointing you to the bar. There’s that vodka luge right in the middle of the room and the music is loud and suddenly that email from HR does apply to you.
But you’re not going to remember it.
The next thing you know there’s daylight and you feel your face reddening as you piece together fragments of memories.
So before that happens, here’s nine handy tips that could save your career.
Tip 1: The boss is definitely not as hammered as you think (or you are).
This is the single most important tip. Repeat it quietly to yourself hundreds of times before the party and hope that it makes its way through the haze when you need it most.