You’ve been waiting for the office Christmas party. This is your chance to prove to your co-workers that you can cut loose. You and your colleagues are going to finally bond over a few drinks – and whatever hell may come. Who cares what happens – you can pick up the pieces the next morning.
Wait. Stop. That is not the way you should approach the workplace Christmas party. This is an event fraught with danger. From bad manners to over-lubrication, something that happens at a Christmas party can brand you as a troublemaker in the workplace – and those perceptions can be awfully hard to shake.
We consulted Jeannie Vaage, an etiquette expert and owner of VIP Protocol, about the dos and don’ts of the Christmas party. She’s worked with many large companies in the city as well as MPs and MLAs, and says, “If you’re looking to let loose, the office party is not the place to do it. This is not like a party you’d go to with your pals.”
So, how do you survive the party? Here’s some advice from Vaage: