'TIS the season for the office, site or workshop Christmas party.
As December 25 rapidly approaches the countdown is on to the one night of the year when the boss shouts everyone a few drinks and colleagues can let their hair down together.
It's almost inevitable someone will overdo it, but it doesn't have to be you who the whole office is talking about for the next 12 months.
Here's our guide to surviving the work Christmas party with your pride - and your job - in tact.
1. Don't ignore the party policy
Yes, everyone releases a collective groan the afternoon before the work Christmas party when the boss sends out the email reminder of what is unacceptable behaviour at work functions.
It's a bit of a downer, but this one has been handed to you on a plate, and for good reason. So heed the warning and don't sexually harass anyone, take drugs, or drink and drive. The boss man has spoken.
2. Don't wear anything too revealing
You can probably get away with a neckline lower than would be acceptable in the office, but not too much. This goes for the guys too.
3. Don't have pre-drinks
There's probably going to be an open bar. Things will be messy enough. At least begin the night in good shape.
4. Don't talk about work problems
This is supposed to be a fun night after all.
5. Don't tell your colleagues what you really think of them
It might feel good at the time, but you'll probably regret this on Monday. Either way they will probably wish you'd kept it to yourself.
6. Don't slag off other people
They're bound to be standing two metres behind you and hear every word without your even knowing.
7. Don't stock up on drinks when the free bar is about to close
Double parking is okay, but any more than that and things are going to get messy. Any drinks on the table will inevitably be consumed within half an hour.
8. Don't hook up with anyone
You don't want to be those people who got trashed and hooked up on the dance floor in front of everyone. Those stories never, ever get forgotten.
9. Don't ask for that pay rise you think you deserve.
The Christmas party is not the time or the place. And if the boss has had a few he or she might just tell you all the reasons why you don't deserve one.
10. Don't be the drunkest person at the party
Everyone will notice and will be talking about your wild dancing and the smashed glasses for the next 12 months, whether or not they know your name.
11. Don't try to take your clothes off
See reason number 10.
12. Don't get arrested
Even if it's after you leave. Getting into punch ups, urinating in public, drunk and disorderly conduct - all no nos.
13. Don't rehash every detail of the night on Monday.
And definitely don't replay videos of your colleagues getting loose or singing Sweet Caroline. What happens at the Christmas party stays at the Christmas Party.
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