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While practically every organisation worth its Secret Santa gets onto a serious venue hunt to book the annual yuletide celebration that varies from flash parties and adventurous shindigs to elegant sit-down dinners at historic venues, vineyards or an island, it’s imperative to keep that buzz going for the right reasons. You don’t want the office Christmas party to be an embarrassment needing instant deleting from the memory card – that is if you have any memory of it at all! Worse still, you don’t want it to turn into the exit party of the year! Here’s a brief guide to office party etiquette and how to avoid faux pas. Whether you’re at the top of the food chain or under, just because there’s an open bar and the alcohol-fuelled evening has lowered inhibitions, don’t get wasted. Remember, you’re being watched and judged. You have to go back to work with the same colleagues. Even if you’re thrilled that the year is finally over, make sure you don’t go overboard. Being the butt of office jokes or waking up with the dim memory of having confessed to all your sins is not a good feeling. Try not to be the first or last to leave the party and stick to the two-drink rule. Help yourself to the canapés to level that liquid courage that makes even the meek do ridiculous things they wouldn’t dream of when sober. Office gossip mixed with alcohol is a lethal mix. Refrain from mixing drinks with rumours-on-the-rocks of who did what to whom and when. The story never ends well. Steer clear of mistletoe, dirty dancing and the darkest corner on the dance floor or the table top, with the pretty woman from accounts. Instead, go armed to the office party with some conversation starters. Circulate and be social without spending too much time with any one person. Move to a new group after every third sip of the drink. Get to know people in other departments. Introduce new colleagues around and make them feel comfortable. Include those standing by the corner into the conversation. Watch out also for your co-worker on the wrong side of tipsy as they demonstrate a high probability of being slapped with a sexual harassment case. If chatting up the man or woman who pays for your daily bread doesn’t come easily, don’t go to the other extreme of completely ignoring the big boss. The cardinal rule is to mix and mingle with everyone at a party, which is an extension of the office environment. And the office party is not an appropriate place to talk about a pay rise, politics or the next big project. Use the time instead to talk about the upcoming holidays or hobbies and connect on a personal level without getting too personal. Lastly, if you’re playing Santa, focus on spreading the cheer instead of insisting that the office girls sit on Santa’s lap. That’s a big Ho Ho No, unless you’re planning to make a quick escape up the office chimney, with no plans of returning till next Christmas! 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