Here is a list of 9 things you shouldn't do at your firm Christmas party.
Rule 1 - Don't talk about work.
This is a social occasion with your colleagues, not a strategy meeting. Don't be a bore. For one evening, people want to forget about budgets, sagging revenues and redundancies.
Rule 2 - Don't boast about your bonus prospects.
There will be staff there who will get little or nothing this year-end, and hearing what you expect to receive will quite likely want to punch you!
Rule 3 - Don't ask for a raise.
Just because the boss is smiling for the first time since the last Christmas party doesn't mean this is a good time to point out your increased salary expectations.
Rule 4 - Don't take a souvenir from the restaurant / hotel / bar or whatever.
Cutlery, table decorations, napkins – they don't belong to you. Remember - bankers always get caught!
Rule 5 - Don't reciprocate advances from married colleagues. It's never worth it in the end.
Rule 6 - Don't at any point display your exotic (or erotic) dancing skills.
Rule 7 - Keep cool - a lot of skin is not appropriate at a work function.
Rule 8 - Don't drink too much - being sick on the dancefloor isn't usually a career-enhancing move.
Rule 9 - Avoid the photocopier - bums and tums always end badly.
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