Office parties are often dreaded events but it is possible to get through them safely and without incident and it is even possible for them to be fun events if organised properly. Here are five tips to consider if you are planning a work party or planning to attend.
1) Moderate your alcohol intake
Work parties are full of awkward moments and plain boring ones, so the temptation can be to hit the booze hard to entertain yourself a bit and to perhaps get rid of some of your inhibitions. Loosening up with a drink is fine, but if you overdo it an office party is a prime place to make a fool out of yourself. Take your time with the complimentary wine or you could find yourself break-dancing at the feet of your manager and telling Keith from accounts how much you love him. Think before you drink.
2) Don’t suck up
Work parties are good opportunities to catch up with colleagues. It’s a good idea to do the rounds and speak to everyone if you can, but there is no need to suck up. Some people use an office party as an opportunity to fawn and simper over their corporate superiors, but this does not look good. Your colleagues will think you’re a bit pathetic and so might your boss, so leave it out.
3) Use a catering company
If you are in charge of the food for your office party then it is wise to use a professional catering company. Trying to cut costs and do it yourself or among the staff is a recipe for nothing more than dull snack food at best, food poisoning at worst. So for office catering try Buffets for Business, a company that regularly caters for the needs of businesses wanting to impress with good quality food.
4) Don’t kiss anyone
No matter how fit Janine from marketing might look when she’s put some extra makeup on, don’t kiss anyone at your work do. You will probably have ignored point 1) already and beer goggles might be adding to your desire to have a bit of a cuddle or a kiss under the mistletoe if it’s a Christmas bash – but just don’t. This goes for men and women, as this hardly ever ends well and can lead to some extremely awkward moments at work the next day.
5) Turn up the next day
Skiving the day after a work party because of a hangover is definitely bad form. Even if you sound ill when you call your boss, they will know exactly what’s wrong with you and will have no sympathy whatsoever. And neither will we as you’ve ignored point 1) again! Suck it up and go in – you will survive.
Sam Butterworth writes for Buffets4Business. Visit them for your corporate catering needs.