By The Editor
The end-of-year function is an opportunity for you and your colleagues to relax, reflect and celebrate the year’s successes. But when festive behaviour turns frivolous, you put your reputation ― and maybe even your job ― on the line. Here’s some guidelines to help you party professionally.
Remember that the end-of-year party is a work function and not the time to trot out anything scanty or offensive. Don’t risk your professional image. Stick to the dress code, and if there isn’t one, keep your look ‘smart casual’.
Don’t bring friends
Check if you’re allowed to bring a spouse, partner or ‘plus one’, and if not, don’t. There’s nothing like gate crashers to kill the festive mood.
No inappropriate public displays of affection
Avoid at all costs — remember you’ll have to see all the party guests again on Monday morning.
Steer clear of social media
Don’t post anything on social media sites, be it Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, that is offensive, aggressive or lewd. A moment’s foolishness with smart phone in hand could land you in very hot water.
Don’t drink excessively
Not only is it dangerous, but excessive drinking makes you vulnerable and a liability. It will also likely harm your standing in the eyes of colleagues and management.
Make a point of thanking the function organiser for their efforts. It’s a simple thing to do, but it’s polite, classy and will be appreciated.
Stick to the start and finish times
Don’t arrive when the party is winding down or make a ruckus when venue staff ask you to leave at the end of the night.
Think outside the (social) circle
Take the opportunity to meet and mingle with staff from other departments, rather than rigidly sticking with the people you already know. Not only will you learn more about your workplace and who does what, but you could put faces to names and strike up some new friendships.
Do you have tips on how to behave at the end-of-year party? What’s the best function you’ve been to?