Don’t sit on the photocopier and other office party tips

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Don’t sit on the photocopier and other office party tips

How to make your annual hootenanny a pleasant one

Caira Blignaut


The end of year usually comes with goodbyes, an intense amount of work and sometimes a lot of excitement. Office parties can be filled with the delight and sometimes uneasiness of interacting with your colleagues in a social setting. This can become intimidating, but don’t let that fear keep you from enjoying the good time you deserve after the hard work you put in throughout the year. Here are a few tips to remember at your office party:
DON'T LET THE BOOZE BRING YOU DOWN
No matter how good the liquor flowing through your veins might be, do not ask about your colleagues’ bonuses.
These conversations are always going to be awkward the next time everyone is in the office and will probably just add tension that nobody needs.
FEELING LONELY? CHOOSE YOUR COMPANION FOR THE NIGHT WISELY
If you feel frisky, make sure you don’t hook up with someone “too close to home”. Avoid people in your immediate office group so the next time you come to work and you don’t really remember what happened, you won’t have to face the embarrassment you might have made of yourself.
STAY AWAY FROM YOUR COLLEAGUES’ SIGNIFICANT OTHERS
This one should be fairly obvious. Whatever you do, do not become the office scandal talk of the year and hook up with your colleagues’ partners.
TALK TO PEOPLE YOU WOULDN'T USUALLY Office parties usually come with settings that create a space for conversations that for once don’t have to be about work-related topics. Take the opportunity to get to know who you work with in a setting that allows for those types of conversations to happen.
REMEMBER THIS IS STILL A WORKING ENVIRONMENT
Get out your sexiest little black dress or suit and wow your colleagues with the figure you might usually hide, but remember to dress fittingly. This is a professional work event and even though it may be more relaxed than a day in the office, you should dress appropriately. Clothes that are too revealing, too loud or too sloppy are all no-nos.
WATCH YOUR MOUTH
This is probably the most important tip. Whatever you do, do not bad-mouth your colleagues, managers and bosses. This also applies to the company as a whole. It will be something you deeply regret once you’ve sobered up. Take my word for it. Cheers.

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