Coal in Your Stocking

Do you know what you’re wearing to this year’s office Christmas party? Will you be wearing an ugly Christmas sweater or traditional attire? Either way, it’s that time of year where offices from east to west are getting together for one final hurrah before the next year rolls in.

Over the years, I’ve gone to plenty of office parties to celebrate the year-end and have witnessed many stories that will never be told. Through real life experience, I’ve uncovered what to do and what not to do at these office get-togethers. And because I’m in the giving spirit, I’m going to share with you some insights. Some of these might sound obvious, but trust me- you never know what’s in store after the third round of eggnog or Christmas cocktail.

Here are a few things you shouldn’t do at your office Christmas party:

Ask For A Raise In Your Salary

Seriously. This is not the time or place. You’re probably not in the proper state of mind to be making any kind of demands and will do yourself a disservice to even mention this kind of thinking. This is not the time to build up the confidence to make this request so don’t make the mistake of doing it. This takes me to my next point…

Don’t Only Talk About Work

Sure, you might love what you do but do you really need to talk about your deadlines or meetings? No one really wants to talk about work right before the holidays. Take this time to get to know your colleagues on a personal level and build a relationship with them as people. Find out if they have holiday plans or how their kid did in that hockey tournament last week.

Wake Up With A Colleague

This really is rule number one. Don’t do it. It’s never worth waking up to be the hot topic for office gossip the next morning.

Live Tweet The Entire Night

I’ve never witnessed this in person but I’ve watched it unravel on Twitter. I was scrolling through my newsfeed and noticed back to back to back tweets from a friend who was live-tweeting their entire holiday party. He was taking photos of every beer, tweeting about the music and about what people were wearing, and even making “subtweets” about colleagues he wasn’t too fond of. It was a disaster.

There are two problems here… First, never talk badly about your colleagues on social media. Second, why are you tweeting instead of chatting with people in real life? Start socializing with the people in front of you.

Call In Sick The Next Day

Everyone knows you’re not actually sick. Sure, it’s okay to come in a couple of minutes late but don’t be that guy who has to call in sick after the work party.

What else should you avoid at your office Christmas party?