Employees should watch what they say at the office Christmas party, according to advice issued by Thisiskent.co.uk.
It suggested: “Don’t moan about your job! It’s easy for tongues to loosen up after a few spritzers, but if you start going on about how you’re overworked and underpaid, it won’t go down well.”
The website continued to say that staff members never know who is listening, so it’s crucial these little niggles don’t slip out. There’s a time and a place to raise these concerns – Christmas party venues aren’t it.
Part of ensuring that doesn’t happen will come from not over-indulging on the alcohol, which some are tempted to do at the annual shindig. This isn’t a good idea though, the advice continued to say – but likewise, neither is just not showing up.
“Even if you’re never going to be best friends with your colleagues, it’s nice to make an effort,” it added. “You don’t have to stay all night, but it’s good to show willing.”
What’s more, savvy employees will know that they shouldn’t pull a sickie next day (it’s too obvious) and that flirting with the boss is an altogether silly idea. Staff members shouldn’t forget that this person makes the call on any promotions or pay rises (as well as letting people go), so behaving inappropriately should be avoided at all costs.
However, it isn’t just staff member’s actions at the Christmas do that matter – their behaviour leading up to it counts, too. For example, dailymail.co.uk confirmed that around half of Britons will beginning dieting for their Christmas party now, some eight to ten weeks in advance.