Well the silly season is upon us and that means office Christmas parties. Yes, if there was any time that something would go drastically wrong, get you the sack, see you in court, your relationship or marriage implode this is it!
1. Lay off the heavy drink: we all know that drinking can cause you to say and do things that you other wise would not or may not do! The last thing you want to do is get punch drunk and end up looking like a complete idiot or do something that will get you sacked on Monday morning.
2. Try not to gossip: yes, with or without a few drinks in us the temptation is there to have a go at work mates and colleagues. The problem is that often someone in the group you are talking with ends up being the one that switches groups and tells the others what you just said – it can be the worst form of break down in inter worker relations all year round!
3. Tell your crush how you feel: you know what? Its just not appropriate telling someone you like them at an office Christmas party because it may not end up the way you would like. You could come across sleazy, be accused of unwanted advances and harassment – and more! Be very cautious and careful because your job could very well be at stake.
4. Ask for a pay rise: saddling up to the boss and asking for a pay rise at the Christmas party is a big no no! the chances of success are less than .1% for no other reason than its just not the time. The best time to ask for a pay rise is when you present a business case and the evidence to go along with it without being punch drunk and full of bravado.
5. Try and talk about everything else but work! It can be annoying as all heck getting together and just talking work – invariably the conversations are not fun, end up in gossip or negativity. Talk, home, hobbies, funny stories – anything else but work if you can avoid it.
Other things that just are unseemly:
1. Photo copy parts of your body that you just don’t need to photo copy
2. Hang out with random strangers in the bosses’ office with the lights down low
3. Hold up the bar as if it needs a new frame to hold a roof
4. Whine about the present someone just gave you in the secret Santa
Matthew Tukaki is the Host of Talking Lifestyle Second Career on the Macquarie Radio network across Australia. He is also the Editor in Chief of EntreHub.org and NewsNow. You can follow him on Facebook HERE ....
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