Dos and don’ts for the office Christmas party

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WE all know those people at the office Christmas “do” who overindulge in booze, make an unwanted pass at a colleague or say something inappropriate.

They wake up the next day in a world of regret and dread showing their face at work.

Aussie etiquette expert Anna Musson from Good Manners Company – featuring on TV favourites Sunrise, The Morning Show and The Project – explained why office Christmas party etiquette is so important.

“Employers are keen to see how and if our behaviour changes in different contexts – are we the same in the office as we are socially?” she said.

“Authenticity is a highly valued attribute and there’s no better place to show that you are the same thoughtful, helpful and clever person socially as you are at work.

“So turn up, have fun and don’t embarrass yourself.”

Anna Musson.

Mrs Musson said she heard every year about well-intentioned employees who had too much fun at the party and were fired as a consequence.

“The number one mistake at a Chrismas ‘do’ is being drunk, followed by making a pass or making out with an employee, followed closely by putting embarrassing photos online and harassing the boss while drunk,” she said.

Etiquette was a powerful lost art which, when harnessed, could ensure a better career, relationship and life.

We asked her if there was a risk in having too much etiquette and being dubbed “fuddy-duddy” or “boring.”

“If we replace the word etiquette with thoughtfulness, we get a sense of what etiquette is all about,” she said.

“Regardless of gender, age, social status or political preference, thoughtfulness and the premise of putting another person’s needs before your own will never date.”

 

Party time

Do

  • RSVP and turn up
  • Dress in theme if there is one
  • Have fun
  • Ask to meet the boss
  • Meet new people
  • Leave after formalities (before 10pm)

Don’t

  • Get drunk
  • Be too cool to turn up
  • Tell the boss what you really think of them
  • Be the last to leave
  • Publicly make out with anyone
  • Take your shoes off