It’s that festive time of year again – office Christmas parties are on the horizon. While this can be a fun time to connect with colleagues and spread some holiday cheer, it can also be a stressful event as you try to balance a certain amount of seasonal conviviality with professional decorum. Here are our top tips to help you enjoy your Christmas party this year.
- Dress to impress – Your company Christmas do is not the time to dress down. Ensure that you find out what the appropriate dress code will be – is the event being hosted at a posh bar or lounge? An outdoor Christmas market? A trendy disco? Can’t decide what to wear? A Christmas jumper – or even a Christmas suit – is always a conversation piece.
- Don’t go overboard with the booze – While you may be tempted to take full advantage of the open bar and the never ending tab, always remember: you work with these people, and you need to be able to face them on Monday morning!
- Pre-arrange your ride –Taxis are sure to be a hot commodity at the event – make sure that you pre-book your cab before the party to ensure that you are not left in the cold.
Don’t skimp on your Secret Santa gift – If your Christmas party includes a Secret Santa gift exchange you should always ensure that you select a great gift. No one likes to open an impersonal, cheap or tacky present that shows that no one in the office really knows them! If you can’t think of a personalised offering that your recipient will enjoy, stick to the classics: a nice bottle of wine, spa vouchers, gourmet chocolates or restaurant gift cards will all do the trick.