Office Christmas parties. Depending on where you work, and of course who you work with, they can either be a chore, an obligation that you are forced to attend or a fun time you look forward to every year.
At my office we all love a good time, from the office junior right to the owners of the firm. We try to make sure we all go out every few months. It helps with the whole “team spirit” thing I think. A happy office is a productive office and all that.
We have two Christmas parties every year. One which the staff pay for themselves, with drinks supplemented by the owners, and another for all the offices, with all food and drink for free.
Surprisingly however, it is the staff paid for parties that always have the gossip and all the events.
I’ve just had my yearly office party this weekend, which inspired the post today. It went on the usual format, Christmas meal after works, then hit the bars and a club if we make it that far.
Drinks-a-plenty, dancing, general silliness and pranks are always on the go and are encouraged. The silliness and pranks are usually after a shot or two but we all have a great laugh, owner and worker alike.
What always surprises me, are the people that forget, even though they are out on “their time” and drinking, that they are still out with the boss. If you are wrong kind of drunk (after one drink or ten), then surely, you would either avoid the work do altogether, or just have a couple and leave it at that.
I say this as we have that type at my office. The wrong type of drunk. Too loud, too aggressive, the damn irritating type. The type you need to babysit. Being this type of drunk around your friends or family is one thing, they at least know how to handle you, but out with colleagues, and your boss is another.
After a night spent babysitting this person on Friday night I have complied a “Don’t Do” list for work Christmas parties. Mainly because it irritated the hell out of me.
- If you can’t handle your drink, don’t drink or don’t come;
- Tinsel on Christmas trees is not for stealing for your own Christmas tree;
- If you are on the floor more than you are standing up, go home;
- Don’t argue/insult the boss. They will remember in the morning, even if you do not;
- Don’t start an argument with a colleague over something stupid, they too will remember in the morning;
- If you haven’t brought enough money out with you, don’t steal other people’s drinks. Also on those lines, have enough money to get you home;
- Finally, if you are over 20 and you still need babysitting when you drink, maybe work parties are not the place for you.
I’m giggly and happy after a few drinks. I like to dance, am up for silly things and can generally be talked into a lot after a few (don’t read too much into that one, haha).
I am not the usual passive aggressive type and this is clearly a passive aggressive rant here, but I wanted to get it off my chest rather than cause office dramas. Thankfully, my blog is not read at the office, they don’t know it exists and are not the blog reading type.
The drunken one is not going to the free office party this weekend, thank Christ, so I can eat, drink and be merry all I like. Passive aggressive rant over. Am aware I sound like a bit of a cow.