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What not to do at your office Christmas party…

by Austin Waddecar


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As our office Christmas party draws near, it’s time to really put some thought into ensuring you have fun with your colleagues (and your boss) without getting a P45 as an unexpected Christmas present.

Below are a few ‘Don’t do it’ tips that I’m sure the lovely bunch here at Exact Abacus will be sticking to.

1. Don’t arrive late:

It’s common courtesy to know what time it starts, and what time you are expected to get there.
Don’t wander in when your boss has already started his heart rendering thank you speech.

2. Don’t arrive too early:

Never fun to be sat on your own. Only attempt this one if you are arriving with a fellow colleague.

3. Don’t complain about the food.

The venue has been carefully selected and everything has been kindly paid for by the company, so enjoy it!
One way or another that Turkey is going to be dry, just smile and be thankful.

4. Don’t get so drunk you forget where you are.

I will be the first one to admit that this is easier said than done, but it does go without saying that this is the most important one!
As soon as we have over stepped that ‘one too many’ mark, whether it was that unnecessary Jager Bomb chaser, or that double vodka instead of a single, all inhibitions will be lost, meaning this ‘Don’t do it’ list becomes as useful as a catflap on a submarine!

5. Don’t declare your love…for anyone.

Now is not the time to tell your colleague, who you’ve been sat next to for the past year, that you’re in love with them. Don’t forget…you still have to go back to work on Monday (stone cold sober I might add) and continue to work with them 5 days a week.
Sticking to the advice in tip number 4 will definitely help with this!

6. Don’t spend all night on your phone

Just because you’ve left your loved ones at home you don’t need to be texting them every 5 minutes to check they haven’t burnt the house down.
Also it’s best not to spend too much time on Facebook or Twitter. Your colleagues will most definitely not approve of you posting a picture of them, all because it seemed like a good idea at the time. Spend more time chatting and mingling with your colleagues you will be surprised at how much you didn’t know about them.


As a final point and bearing all the above in mind…just enjoy yourself and the festivities.

Merry Christmas!


by Austin Waddecar on 16/12/2016

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