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THE HERALD FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 9 2016


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Te do’s and dont’s of the office THE ANNUAL office


Christmas party can sometimes be a bit of a predicament. An abundance of alcohol and a relaxed environment can provide opportunities to be demoted or even fired. Whether or not you’ll actually


use it, here’s some advice from etiquette experts on how to handle the office party.


ALCOHOL - STICK TO YOUR LIMIT


Etiquette expert and teacher


at The English Manner, William Hanson, said: “The mistake that people make with office Christmas is that it is still a work event. “Okay, you can let your hair down, but you are still being


judged and watched by your superiors and your actions are still accountable. “The smarter people use the


office Christmas party to present themselves in the best possible light as opposed to getting completely and utterly drunk.” He added: “Know your limit


and stick to it, even if the boss is getting absolutely trollied, it does not mean that it’s acceptable for you to do that yourself.”


AVOID MALICIOUS GOSSIP Khalifa


Mustapha, a


recruitment consultant at Morgan McKinley, said: “It’s far too easy to get caught up in the ‘he said, she said’ conversations while having a good night with your colleagues.


“However, office gossip and


alcohol is probably almost never going to end well. It’s best to stay away.”


Etiquette Advisor at Debrett’s,


Jo Bryant, said: “Don’t gossip or spread rumours. Confessing your sins to colleagues or clients is never sensible. “Keep small talk general.


Be armed with a few social icebreakers, families, children, holidays.”


DRESS APPROPRIATELY Mr Hanson said: “Just make


sure you know what the dress code is and stick to it. If you are really worried, speak to other people in the office about what they are wearing.”


Mr Mustapha said: “The


Christmas party isn’t the place to wear that ‘a bit too’ slinky black dress, or that ill-fitting suit that’s been gathering dust in the back of your closet.”


MAKE SURE YOU ATTEND Mr Mustapha said: “Although


your attendance is optional, it is a good idea to make an appearance. “Even if you despise the


thought of spending of a whole evening with the people you work with everyday, making an appearance shows that you are part of the team. “They’re great for company


morale, and sometimes a great night out is all that’s needed to turn work mates into real mates.”


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