There are several reasons why we call it the “silly season”… One may be the fact that Christmas parties often take on a slightly pear-shape… For quite a few, the annual end-of-the year bash is seen as a great opportunity to score a few free drinks and make a few not so cool moves.
According to etiquette guru and entertainer Nataniël, having a few too many is the BIGGEST no-no. In his typically dry manner, Nataniël told Smile 90.4FM that most people are so bored with their co-workers come end-of-year, that a G&T or three seems an attractive option at the time.
Christmas parties can be huge fun; inappropriate behaviour though can ruin your reputation, alienate yourself from co-workers and even make you the next day’s notorious YouTube star… Remember, nowadays there are little flashing lights everywhere, so behave – you don’t want to be looking for a new job the next day! It may be a social event but it’s still strictly business!
Members of Team Smile had a few Don’ts to add: (please add yours in the comment box!)
… dress suggestively
… not turn up
… be the first to arrive
or the last to leave.
… flirt with co-workers or their significant others
… ask for that bonus
… gossip about a colleague
… assume everybody celebrates Christmas
… talk business the whole night
… try out your new dance moves
… give your boss a lap dance
… use the Xerox machine
And last but not least, NOT turn up for work the next day..!