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    1. DON’T DRINK  TOO MUCH! No-one wants to be that “guy/girl” that people will talk about for next few months for all the wrong reasons.
    2. DO RELAX.After all it is a party.  Don’t talk shop at all if you can avoid it – your colleagues are there to enjoy – not worry about work.
    3. DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT WORK.This will usually only serve to make those around you feel uncomfortable, especially if “the boss” is somewhere nearby.
    4. DO BOOK A TAXI OR AN UBER TO GET YOU HOME SAFELY.Hopefully your workplace will arrange suitable transport for you, but don’t take any risks and put yourself and others in danger.
    5. DON’T GET TOO PERSONAL.In either a touchy-feely-type way or in delving into other’s personal lives if you aren’t sure that you’re not going to hit a raw spot.
    6. DO SECRET SANTA.Get into the giving spirit!  It helps if you try to find out a little about your gift recipient before you buy them something.
    7. DON’T INVITE PARTY CRASHERS. The office party is an “office party” for a reason – it is not your own personal social event.  Respect your hosts and be responsible.
    8. DO DRESS UP.But don’t overdo it.  If you’re not sure what the dress code is – just check with the person who is organising it in your office – it will help everyone feel more comfortable.
    9. DON’T GET THE AUTHORITIES INVOLVED.Respect noise levels, don’t make a menace of yourself, and ensure that your company’s name doesn’t make the papers for the wrong reasons!
    10. DO STAY AWAKE.If you are starting to nod off in a corner somewhere it is definitely time to call that taxi or Uber.
    11. DON’T POST INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTS OR PICTURES.Remember your office party is but one night.  If one of your colleagues finds him or herself in an unfortunate position he or she is not going to appreciate having it all over the internet!
    12. DO HAVE FUN!Remember why you are there in the first place – to celebrate!  Get into the swing of the party and have a great time!!

If you have any issues with inappropriate behaviour at a Christmas function, or staffing matters that you want to discuss, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our employment lawyers today.


 

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