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Five Christmas Party Faux Pas to Avoid

Posted on Dec 10, 2021

With the festive season upon us, many of us are looking forward to celebrating and letting our hair down after a strange and stressful year. Work Christmas parties are a great chance to do this but there can be pitfalls, and these are often borne out after excessive drinking. It’s a good idea to be aware of common mistakes people make at Christmas parties.

Here are Five Faux Pas to Avoid:

  1. Getting blind drunk

    Most of us enjoy having a few drinks at our Christmas party and that’s fine, you’re there to relax and enjoy yourself. However, drinking to the point where you don’t remember your actions, or you wake up with regret as you recall inappropriate behaviour is not going to benefit you. 

    According to a recent survey, Australia has taken the crown lager.. err crown as the drunkest country in the world. The Global Drug Survey of over 32,000 people from 22 countries found that Australians drink to the point of drunkenness on average 27 times a year which is almost double the global average of 15. Nearly a quarter of surveyed Australians reported feelings of regret after becoming intoxicated.

    Remember that you are still in a professional context and it’s not the time to be wild and reckless.
  2. Asking for a pay rise

    Perhaps you and your boss are both relaxed and having a great conversation. Suddenly the idea springs to mind that you should ask for that pay rise you’ve been meaning to. This is not a good idea! The work Christmas party is not the appropriate time to discuss salary.
  3. Bringing up issues with colleagues

    Sometimes our colleagues do things that bug us. Perhaps you felt like a workmate didn’t contribute enough during a collaborative project or maybe you have a colleague that always cracks the same terrible joke and it’s been annoying you for months. Keep in mind that Christmas parties are not the right time to air your grievances, you are there to celebrate, build good-will and rapport. So save your issues for another time when you can have a constructive and professional conversation if need be.
  4. Boasting

    It’s great to feel proud of yourself when you’ve achieved something, and a bit of contextual boasting can be fine. However, you don’t want to be that person at the party who takes all the credit for results at work, such as claiming to have single-handedly won deals that you didn’t. 
  5. Confessing your crush

    If you’ve been feeling a romantic connection to a colleague, the Christmas party might feel like a good chance to confess your crush. Try to avoid doing this! At best you’ll discover the feelings are reciprocated but you then have to experience the awkwardness of a very public progression of these feelings. At worst, you’ll be nursing a bruised heart and word may get out at the party about your crush, so you’ll be left feeling awkward and uncomfortable.