Christmas Party Etiquette – Dos and Don’ts
The majority of us look forward to our Christmas party, 80% in fact according to a survey from The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM). However, nearly a third (30%) of workers’ bad behaviour has had a negative impact on their career. It can be a festive minefield, especially since alcohol lowers inhibitions around colleagues and managers, encouraging you to act inappropriately. Luckily, based on the findings, the ILM has issued a number of dos and don’ts for work Christmas Party goers to make sure this is a night to remember for all the right reasons!
1. Enjoy yourself (94%)
2. Get to know people from other areas of the organisation (62%)
3. Discuss personal interests (40%)
4. Dance (24%)
5. Network with senior staff (13%)
1. Be rude to your colleagues (51%)
2. Shout at the boss (41%)
3. Reveal your colleagues’ secrets (28%)
4. Drink too much (17%)
5. Remove items of clothing (16%)
Charles Elvin, Chief Executive of ILM, comments: “Christmas parties are a great way for companies to show their appreciation to staff for all their hard work during the year, and it can also be a good opportunity for managers to get to know their staff in a more informal setting. However, it is important for all to remember that they are still, essentially, in a working environment.”
A side note on dancing – By all means let your hair down and have some fun with your colleagues on the dance floor, that’s what it’s all about! But don’t forget the office Christmas party is still a work event so don’t completely let loose on the dance floor – It’s probably best not to do the “Brent dance.”
Above all, enjoy yourself, make some great memories, and (aside from the morning after) come back refreshed and motivated to see out December and see in the new year.