It’s the Christmas season, which means it’s Christmas party season, more specifically, Company Christmas Party season. The new movie Office Christmas Party had a nice opening weekend despite bad reviews, Why? Because the subject is so relatable. A work Christmas Party that gets a little out of hand. Everyone wants to see it happen but you don’t want to be the person who made it happen. Here are some rules for your company’s Christmas Party.
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You Don’t Have to Have One
Just because you have the option, it doesn’t mean you have to use it. If there’s no one special in your life, then go alone. None of your coworkers really want to hang out with your friend that they just met. And you don’t want to bring one of the only girls that can stand you only to see her go home with one of your coworkers.
But if you are going to bring a friend, make sure they’re your most accomplished friend. You know if you can say, “This is my friend, the congressman” then bring that person. But if instead it’s “This is my friend, he sells security systems door to door” don’t bring that person.
Make Your Spouse Come
Even if your spouse is the biggest wet blanket out there, bring them. It looks bad if people know you’re married and you don’t show up with your significant other. A quote from Alec Baldwin in The Departed comes to mind, “Marriage is an important part of getting ahead. It lets people know you’re not a homo. A married guy seems more stable. People see the ring, they think ‘at least somebody can stand the son of a bitch.” A little homophobic but the point is still strong. Being married makes you seem more responsible, and therefore a more valuable employee. Don’t think your boss isn’t paying attention at the party.
Boyfriends or Girlfriends
What if you’re in a relationship but you’re not yet married? Should you bring them? You should know this person better than anyone. Will they make you look good? That’s what matters. Is your girlfriend smoking hot? Definitely bring her. Is your boyfriend kind of a dick and isn’t a responsible drinker? Leave them behind. Which brings me to…
If your party is even worth attending, there will be alcohol. But how much should you drink? Some will tell you little to none but I disagree. Use your judgement. Are you a mean drunk or a fun one? I shouldn’t have to tell you what you should do based on the answer to that question. Pay attention to those around you, especially coworkers around the same level as you and your superiors. If your boss asks you to do a shot, do a shot (at least one but maybe not more than one). But whatever you decide to do, don’t get sloppy drunk. Having your work buddy carry you to the bathroom is not a good look.
While the party is about having fun, it’s also about making yourself look good in front of your whole company. Clothes are a big part of that, obviously. The best advice is to not be the best dressed there, but not come close to worst dressed either. Know the setting as well. How formal or informal is the party going to be? That matters. A button down and tie is a safe bet here for almost any type of party.
Make sure to mingle with everyone, even the coworkers you don’t interact much with. Don’t just stick with your friends in the company, The ability to get along with the lowest entry level employees as well as with senior management is a desirable talent. You want to make as many friends as possible at your company and the Christmas party is great opportunity to do just that.