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Gina Luca has these top tips for surviving the party season. Whatever you do, don’t sit on your boss’s lap at the Christmas party…Eat

Some food in your stomach will avoid over-effects of any alcohol you drink. Eating is a sociable activity, you’ll also meet people you don’t ordinarily get to mix with at the buffet, or snack table.

Drink

Moderation is key! This is not the time to drink as much expensive alcohol as possible to make up for the hours you put in and don’t get paid for.

Be Merry

Turn up for your work Christmas party prepared to have a great time. There’s a fine balance between enjoying the social company of the people you work with, and letting your hair down uncontrollably. Be conscious of the fact that this is a work function. You still have to turn up for work so don’t do things to bring embarrassment upon yourself.

Business Image First, Party Image Second

Sure it’s Christmas, sure it’s the end of the year, but don’t let your guard down and consider this to be a big knees-up. Think of it more like the office ‘family’, relocated to a more festive location.

Network

Circulate, mingle, and introduce yourself. What better opportunity is there to find, in the one room, everyone in the company, from the bottom to the top of the hierarchy? It never hurts to have a friendly conversation with the tea lady, or to shake the hand of the General Manager. Be on your best, friendly behaviour. Save your party girl style for another gig. This one’s all about making the right impression while enjoying the generosity of the company.