How to survive your 1st work Xmas party
The holiday season is upon us, which means office parties are in full swing. If you’re new to the workforce, you may be wondering how to navigate these types of events. After all, you don’t want to do anything that would jeopardize your job. Here are a few tips on how to not get fired after your first work Christmas party.
One of the most important things to remember is that office parties are not an opportunity to let loose and party like you’re in college. While it’s fine to have a drink or two, know your limit and stick to it. Getting drunk is a quick way to get yourself into hot water–and not the good kind. You don’t want to be the person who has to be carried out of the party or makes a scene. Not only will you be embarrassing yourself, but you’ll also be giving your boss and co-workers a bad impression.
It’s also important to remember that office parties are still, well, work parties. This means that you should avoid getting into any arguments or debates with your co-workers. Stick to small talk and stay away from controversial topics. You don’t want to ruin your relationship with your colleagues by getting into a heated argument about politics or religion. And, most importantly, don’t say anything that you wouldn’t say in front of your boss. Even if they’re not in the room, chances are they’ll hear about it eventually. Avoid gossiping or saying anything negative about the company or your co-workers–you never know who might be listening in.
Finally, remember to thank your boss and co-workers for inviting you to the party and for their hospitality. It’s always a good idea to express your appreciation for being included. And, who knows? Maybe they’ll remember how gracious you were when it comes time for raises and promotions down the line.
Office parties can be fun–but they can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. Follow these tips and you’ll avoid getting fired after your first work Christmas party. Happy holidays!