Top tips to avoid embarrassment at the office Xmas party

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Ah yes, the office Christmas function. It's something of a double-edge sword - on the one hand it's an opportunity to cut loose and spend quality time with your colleagues, while on the other it's a delicate line between being the life of the party and making a complete fool of yourself. You certainly don't want to be seen as dull by your co-workers, but how can you strike the right balance between fun and 'too fun?'

In this article we'll give you a few top tips to ensure you avoid embarrassment at this year's event, all while remaining classy and cool. 

1. Make sure you go

Okay so this one is perhaps the most important factor of all, even though it doesn't actually involve you doing anything at the party. Instead the easiest way to make yourself look silly is to not attend the Xmas event. You might think you're too good for it, or get a better off on the day of. None of these are acceptable excuses. People remember who shows up and who doesn't, as well as those who duck out early. The only time you shouldn't be present at the office Christmas shindig is if there's a real emergency that requires your attention.

2. Keep it light

You may be deep in the throes of political awareness, or enamoured with some other monumental topic that you assume everybody else wants to talk about, but chances are pretty high that you're wrong. The office party is not the time to bring these deep topics up for discussion. The same goes for work-related grievances or pressing business matters. You have all year to babble on about accounts and management, nobody wants to spend their holidays doing it too. 

3. Don't go overboard

If you're looking for a one-size-fits-all tip for avoiding embarrassment at the office party, keep this in mind - it's a work event. You shouldn't behave very different from how you would in any professional situation, so keep an eye on how many beers you've knocked back, refrain from flirty or lewd comments and most of all try to have a bit of self-awareness if there happens to be any dancing. We're not saying you shouldn't have fun, quite the opposite, but save your fully committed performance of 'the worm' for a party with your mates. That way you don't have to worry about making a fool of yourself in front of people you'll be seeing around the water cooler come the New Year. 

There you have it, three simple tips for coming off cool at the office Christmas do. To book your function, get in touch with Kingpin's team today.