While it may seem like a well-deserved opportunity to let your hair down with colleagues, it’s important to remember that a simple slip up can erase an entire year of hard work!
Leading vocational education and training organisation, the Australasian College Broadway’s
Founder and Co-Chair, Maureen Houssein-Mustafa OAM, has witnessed the backlash of Christmas functions time and time again.
“Too often we’ve heard Christmas party tales that make your toes curl. Senior executives mixing with junior employees, combined with a constant flow of alcohol, is a potential recipe for humiliation and embarrassment on both sides,” said Ms Houssein-Mustafa.
Maureen offers her tips on how to keep your dignity intact whilst also providing some guidelines on how to impress with your appearance.
To stay on top of your game at a Christmas function and finish off the year on a high:
1. Nominate a friend
Ask a colleague or friend to keep a diligent watch over your behaviour. As soon as you start slurring, flirting or misbehaving, it’s time for them to step in and discreetly offer you some water, food or suggest a taxi.
2. Line Your Stomach
Ensure that you’re well fed before you begin drinking. If you start on an empty stomach it may only take a few drinks before you feel sick or worse yet, vomit.
3. Think carefully before you bring your partner
At the time it can seem like a great idea. But ask yourself, each night you go home and vent to them about workplace politics, are they likely to divulge any of your darkest secrets after some Dutch courage?
4. Make A Timely Exit
Partying into the early hours of the morning can be great, when you’re with friends. Remember the age old sayings, ‘don’t mix business and pleasure’ and ‘nothing good happens after 2am’. Your boss doesn’t want to see you body shotting tequila, so it may be best to leave this to your private time. Leave before 12.
5. How much should you drink?
A good drinking guide is to only consume the amount of someone who is driving.
Keep personal conversations to a minimum. No one wants tears or drama, so ensure that you’re pleasant to everyone and make a concerted effort to engage in intelligent conversations.
7. Your appearance is key
Keep your appearance in check, no one wants to see an inappropriately dressed colleague!