The Tag-Along

If it hasn’t been made clear if partners are invited, ask! How embarrassing to turn up at your work party with your spouse/partner in tow, to find that everyone else has come alone.Leave The Tinsel For The Tree

If your work environment is conservative, be mindful of that when you’re deciding what to wear to the office party. Try to dress in a similar ‘tone’ to what you do for work, but with a bit more of a relaxed style. Strutting your stuff might attract admiring glances from men (and scornful ones from women) but it won’t score you any points in the workplace when the party itself is a distant memory.

Avoid Gossip

What you see, hear and learn should always stay at the party! Don’t succumb to the gossip-merchants, as hearsay is always trouble. People commonly get up to mischief at parties, even work functions. Hear no evil, see no evil, and definitely speak no evil!

Your Boss Ain’t Santa!

Never take advantage of your boss’s jovial mood and the party atmosphere to corner him or her and ask for a promotion or a raise. Business talk is usually unwelcome when everyone is trying to relax. Introduce yourself for sure, but only to make yourself more ‘visible’ back at work.

– And one more thing – never EVER sit on Santa Boss’s lap!

By Gina Luca

* Gina is a freelance writer whose passion for talking to people on the Internet provides much inspiration for her writing.