Christmas work dos are probably one of the world’s most notorious double-edged swords. They are supposed to a pleasure, a reason to don your best bib & tucker and a chance to wind down after twelve months of relentless hard work. However they often end up being quite the opposite as alcohol dissolves inhibitions and the year’s office disputes come to a head. But still we all insist on making it an annual ritual so we’re here with some tips to make the whole experience as hassle-free as possible.
We’re edging ever so close to the beginning of November now which means it’s time to start thinking about how you and your trusty team are going to celebrate the festive period. The office Christmas party is one of the biggest events of the year so it’s important to try and make it a pleasant experience for everyone involved. It’s a chance to really let your hair down and enjoy some quality social time with the people you work alongside every day but it can all go horribly wrong if not organised efficiently.
Every workplace has got that one red-eyed image that resurfaces every year from the depths of Facebook, of the most unlikely member of staff in all their drunken glory. We’ve also all been in that dreaded situation where nothing has been pre-booked, everywhere is full to the rafters and you’re left propping up the bar at a grubby backstreet boozer while everybody else nibbles on fancy canapes, dancing to Lonestar and Brenda Lee.
By adhering to the following advice (which may or may not have come from experience), you will hopefully make sure nobody is left red-faced and full of shame when they return to the office in the New Year.
Consult everybody before making a final decision
If your workforce is anything like ours, you’ll be an eclectic mix of people with a whole plethora of personal tastes and preferences. While arranging something with a circle of friends outside of work is pretty simple as you all share similar interests, agreeing on the best option for the office Christmas do can be a bit more complex. There will likely be one main person in charge of organisation but be sure that every member of staff is included in the decision process. This will make sure that nobody is going to be left feeling uncomfortable or forced out of their comfort zones.
Book somewhere well in advance
One of the biggest mistakes you could possibly make when it comes to the work Christmas do (apart from ordering ten tequila slammers at the bar) is failing to book something in advance. Restaurants, function rooms, bars and events all get booked super quickly so you need to be on the ball if you want to secure something in time. Pre-booking at this time of year will probably require a deposit per head but at least you will be secure in the knowledge that you won’t be all dressed up with nowhere to go.
Make sure it’s not going to break the bank
When you’re looking for something to book, it is easy to get lured in by promotional offers and shiny marketing campaigns but you do need to bear your budget in mind. Sure, Christmas is a time for generosity, giving and splashing the cash a little more than you might throughout the rest of the year but you don’t want to be left out of pocket. Party within your means and go for something that won’t leave your cashflow crippled in the post-Christmas and New Year sales slump.
Know your limits
Last but by no means least, you must remember to acknowledge and respect your limits. After a busy year you’re entitled to a few glasses (*bottles) of bubbly but just make sure that you aren’t lubricating your free speech and drowning out your inhibitions too much. When sat at your desk in the office sipping milky tea and exercising your phone voice, it’s easy to remain polite and professional but when you’ve had one too many margaritas it can be easy to let this composure slip. Just remember, you are still amongst colleagues and need to conduct yourself with dignity if you still want a job at the beginning of next year.
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