The office Christmas party guide: A Red Stripe-endorsed message
Red Stripe team members (from left) Caroline Kelly, merchandising manager; Andrew Anguin, brand manager, Red Stripe and Innovation; and Ladene Jones-Mitchell, commerce & support services administrator, drink and party responsibly.
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For many, ’tis the season for family, friends, food, gifts; and for work teams, the annual office Christmas party is a staple.
While the purpose of an office party is for staffers to unwind, every well-thinking employee should remember that it is still a work environment.
This means exercising a certain level of restraint by partying responsibly. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the office Christmas party without having to take a walk of shame the next day.
1 Remember the dress code.
It’s a party and it’s the holidays, so you want to look and feel attractive. However, it’s still a work event. Therefore, you should dress appropriately. If in doubt, try to discuss your outfit choices with colleagues who typically get it right. Aim to strike a balance between ‘fun and festive’ and ‘professional.’
2 Arrive on time!
You don’t want to be ‘fashionably late’. Arriving on time is not only respectful to the host, but it also gives you time to greet everyone. Plus, leaving early without seeming rude or uninterested is even more possible.
3 Eat before you get there.
While some office parties have heavy meals available to the guests, many only have finger food. The saying ‘a hungry man is an angry man’ holds true and can put a damper on everything you would’ve enjoyed if you were fed. It's no use getting a three-course meal either,
Also, if you plan to consume alcohol, it is recommended that you do so after a couple of bites. Carbs and fats are especially ideal as they form a protective coat along the walls of your stomach. This may prevent alcohol poisoning and/or intoxication.
4 Limit your social media posts.
While we all love sharing fun moments, do not forget that you are still at work. Save for your friends, not all your co-workers will want to be on your Snapchat or Instagram stories.
Be respectful of your co-workers’ privacy. Sure, take a selfie or two; after all, you look great! But, be sure to ask permission before taking photos or videos of anyone, or just avoid doing so altogether.
5 “Shoot your shot” another time.
You’ve had a crush on John/Jane Doe for ages now and he/she pulled out all the stops for the party. The mood is right, you are on your second drink, and the confidence to approach him/her is increasing by the minute. Don’t! Though you’re not on the clock, you are still at work.
Romantically pursuing your co-worker at an office party can be seen as inappropriate. Not to mention, if you fail, you risk embarrassment, becoming the topic of office gossip, and being the laughing stock… Awkward!
6 Know your limit.
There’s no shame in drinking alcohol at the office party. However, it would be less than ideal to become intoxicated at said office party. Intoxication can lead to regrettable decisions that result in lingering awkward moments in the office. You do not want to end up losing your job over inappropriate behaviour while intoxicated.
Veronica Benain, Red Stripe occupational health and services manager champions the importance of knowing your limit and drinking responsibly. “Everyone should be aware of their personal limit. That is, how many drinks they can consume before having ‘had too much’ or becoming intoxicated. If you cannot remember how many drinks you’ve had, it might be a good time to take a break or stop altogether.”
7 Stay Hydrated!
Alcohol is known to dehydrate your body. While counting your drinks, it is very important to drink water. Each time you finish your alcohol beverage, have a glass or bottle of water before getting another. This will reduce the intoxicating effects of the alcohol on your body as well as reduce the possibility of getting a dreadful hangover the next morning.