Most people enjoy a good staff party – you get to end off the year, season or whatever it is by letting your hair down and having some fun with the people that you spend most of your time with (other than your family, of course).
Depending on what you do, the work environment is often a stressful place, so the opportunity to relax and have a good time with your colleagues is always cool. However, unfortunately, there’s always that one person who doesn’t quite know how to behave. Whether they’re always a little bit out of whack or are just having a bad day) or perhaps too much to drink, one thing’s for sure – you don’t want to be that guy. Surrounded by your colleagues, there’s nothing wrong with having a good time but it’s still important to maintain your professionalism.
Here are a few tips to enjoying your staff party in the most appropriate ways possible.
Limit How Much You Drink
Whenever somebody gets out of control at a party or starts behaving inappropriately, it tends to have a little something to do with alcohol. It may be somebody who’s overindulged and just gone a little too far, or somebody that drinks a lot on a regular basis. However, whatever the case may be, we all know that after too much to drink, things tend to go downhill.
Now, if you’re out with your friends, it’s a different story. But when you’re surrounded by work colleagues, your professional image is at stake. The best thing you can do at a staff party is monitor how much you’re drinking and set yourself a limit. You know yourself and how much you can handle, so don’t push the limits – it’s not worth it.
Don’t Overstay Your Welcome
This may not need to be said, but staff parties are often not meant to go on forever and ever. Of course, it depends on who you work for and who you work with. But generally, staff parties are supposed to be a token of appreciation from your company, not an all-day or all-night rager. So be there, enjoy the party and know when it’s time to leave.
Don’t Extend the Invite to All Your Friends
Every party’s different, and some companies may allow you bring whoever you like, but generally speaking, it’s not cool to just arrive with a whole lot of other people in tow. Some staff parties may be only for staff, and others may allow you to bring your partner – you’ll just need to find out. But whatever the case may be, respect the rules and don’t push the boundaries – it’s still a work function after all.
Most of all, have fun just like you would do when playing at an online casino South Africa. Let of go of the stress from your work day and use this as an opportunity to get to know your colleagues outside of your professional, day-to-day context. Get to know each other on a human level and you’re bound to have a more successful professional relationship because of it.