A time for revelry and celebration

Published 16/10/2012|11:01

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THE OFFICE Christmas party is a great opportunity to finally relax and get to know the colleagues you've been working with all year.

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Whilst it's important to enjoy yourself, it might be worth thinking about what the Christmas party means to your professional life and how it can help you in the future.

Here's the Office Christmas top 10 list of things NOT to do at the Christmas party: 1. Dress inappropriately. Save the revealing, low-cut dress or OTT powder blue tuxedo for your mate's wedding or other parties with your friends. You don't want to make an impression for the wrong reasons, so instead opt for something smart and sophisticated.

2. Arrive late. Being 'fashionably late' might give your people the impression that you don't really care about the party. Arrive with everybody else and spend the first part of the evening mingling and getting to know people.

3. Make inappropriate or offensive jokes. Your mates down the pub might find it really funny, but your colleagues are likely to come from a wide range of backgrounds and have different beliefs and attitudes.

4. Get too drunk. Pace yourself and if you're lucky enough to have a 'free' bar avoid abusing it– it may be free for you but more than likely the company will still have to pay for it. Silly, drunken antics may be funny at the time but your colleagues will be laughing at you, rather than with you the next day.

5. Don't be a scrooge. Try to avoid being tight with your money; show your generous side and buy a round at the bar. You might not get all the drinks back you are owed but your colleagues will certainly remember your generosity. 6. Don't snog your colleague. Lots of romances take place in the office but that doesn't mean you need to make yours public at the Christmas party. If you do fancy one of your colleagues, enjoy spending time talking with each otheror take their number to arrange a date outside of work hours.

7. Don't ask for a pay-rise or a promotion. This is your boss' chance to relax too and putting pressure on him or her by talking shop can be irritating and stressful. 8. Gossip about colleagues. It's very likely that the things you say will get passed around with your name attached to them and a new embellishment to the story.

9. Spend all evening on your mobile. There's nothing more frustrating than trying to talk with someone who is constantly checking their phone. Switch it off for the night and enjoy the company.

10. Forget to have a good time. It's a party after all so enjoy the evening and make some new friends.

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