It’s that time of year once again, when you can get drunk in front of your boss. Photocopy body parts and flirt with your colleagues… its Christmas party season!
Back in the midst of the recession in 2009 the BBC reported that the office party was on its way out with more and more businesses asking staff to cover costs of the meal and entertainment.
You will be glad to know that by 2014 the most awaited seasonal event redeemed itself and last year saw a 30% increase in number of xmas parties taking place.
More than 70,000 people are expected to down their pens, work tools and laptops for Xmas parties their year. With 81% of businesses holding work party events.
It is not surprising that the more parties businesses have the more stories we hear flying around the office. We have heard it all and here we will share our top office party etiquette tips:
- Do watch what you drink
Don’t let the calories run away with you, these simple swaps can reduce calorie and alcohol intake and you will still be enjoying a drink. We have designed a great ‘calorie swap’ poster which shows typical Xmas drinks and the less calorific alternatives.
- Don’t be fooled into thinking it’s not work
- Do dress appropriately
- Do ask before you snap
- Do attend!
- Don’t talk shop
- Do ask who is attending
Lastly, enjoy yourself and take the chance to learn more about your colleagues who you spend most of your week in the company of.
By Eugene O’Sullivan, Director, Morgan Pryce