The festive season is upon us and that means party celebrations for lots of workplaces. Sometimes work parties can be tricky to navigate, especially when everyone wants to let their hair down at the end of the year. Here are a few tips from Labourpower about party etiquette in the workplace to help you survive the silly season.
KEY DOs AND DON’Ts OF END-OF-YEAR WORK CELEBRATIONS
DO: Remember your company rules
Your workplace wants you to have a good time at the end-of-year party, but it’s important to make sure the fun doesn’t get out of hand. Don’t forget that your on-site company policies also apply to events held off-site too. Policies such as Bullying & Harassment, Grievance Procedure, Drugs and Alcohol, WHS and Code of Conduct apply throughout the entirety of your event.
DON’T: Drink too much
Everyone wants to blow off some steam at the end of a busy year but try not to drink too much. When it comes to drinking alcohol it’s important to pace yourself (even if there is a free bar). Alcohol can change behaviours and cloud judgements and while your friends may think it’s funny to hear you swearing or telling your boss how to do his job, it might not seem such a good idea in the sober light of day.
DO: Follow the dress code
Work parties are a celebration and a great opportunity to step it up a notch with what you wear. But remember that it is still a work function so make sure it’s suitable for the occasion. A bit of sparkle is always fun during the festive season but make sure you read your invitation and if it includes a dress code then make sure you follow it.
DON’T: Talk shop
You might think that work is all you have in common with your colleagues but that’s no reason to stick to talking shop. Your work party is a chance to get to know a bit more about people (not just Steve from Sales or Pat from Payroll). Things to avoid include inappropriate jokes, bad language and being flirty, instead ask about interests outside of work, plans for the summer holidays – things that keep the conversation light.
Your work Christmas party is the perfect time to mix with colleagues from other departments or offices in other locations or interstate. So don’t just stick to the workmates you see every day and make an effort to get to know everyone. Keep an eye out for new staff members too by introducing them to people they don’t know and helping them feel part of the team.
DON’T: Be preoccupied by technology
Be careful about any pictures or updates you post online and always make sure you have the permission of your colleagues. Tagging people in photos or videos that they don’t know about or posting drunken antics online may not seem such a good idea the next day. Remember that it’s also unsociable to spend your time on your mobile checking emails or texting friends too!
Remember that work parties are a chance for your company to give back to you and your colleagues as a thank you for your efforts throughout the year. Make the most of the opportunity by showing up, being involved and above all – having a great time!