Make Sure You Dress Appropriately For The Function
For men, attire is pretty well standard, and what you wear should be neat and presentable, casual, nothing outlandish. If there happens to be a dress code, then that dinner suit and dress shoes will do.
Dress according to what is expected or designated. You fully supporting specific company initiatives, will earn you points for being a good sport and a team player.
Watch What You Drink.. As in Liquor
Don’t Talk Or Gossip… Too Much
Casual talk with your peers can easily degenerate into mean gossip sessions, and although it will be tempting to complain and bitch about management or what or who you hate about work, you don’t want to be that person saying it at the party. It’s not the right place or time to rant… you drunk at the Christmas party and complaining about work.
Also, workplace romance is a common thing. Keep the mistletoe for another time and place. You may of had a major crush on that new employee for a while, and after a few drinks in you, you make a move… not advised. If it backfires, you still have to work with that particular person throughout the year.
Do NOT Talk About Work
Instead, think of some interesting topics ahead of time, and try to mix with other people that you normally don’t interact with. These situations usually bring out social anxiety for most, but if you take some type of initiative, you will then be remembered. But don’t try too hard to involve management as you may then be seen and branded as a major suck.
If you happen to bring a date to the Christmas party, make sure you clue them in on what to expect. You can practice and refine your social skills with introducing your date to others… co-workers and superiors, and leave a favorable impression with people around you.
Make Sure That You Are Not The Last To Leave
If you feel a little too drunk, or you or your date isn’t feeling too well, then leave early. Don’t stay until the bitter end and make a negative scene.
Remember that these social functions is an analysis on your behavior as an employee and a person, so be polite and say thanks to your hosts and the party organizers before you leave.
Finally, be safe. If you drank too much, arrange for a cab ride home, take transit or go with a designated drive. Make sure you make it to work the next morning.