"My coworkers were competing on the dance floor to see who could do the best moves. It turned into a fight and they both were let go for inappropriate behavior."
Of course, you and I would never do such things but still, it's worth going over a few ground rules.
Here are a few tips from The Creative Group for ensuring that the lagoon or naked ferris wheel story that's now become legend around the office isn't about you!
- Consider your "plus one" carefully. If it's employees-only — stick to it. And if you can't trust your "plus one" to not shatter a table or break his leg climbing a wall – go solo.
- Ditch the Santa suit. It's OK to be festive, but don't wear anything too outrageous or revealing.
- Avoid sharing TMI. It's natural to let your guard down during casual get-togethers, but save that skinny-dipping accident story for your close friends – not co-workers!
- Don't play paparazzi. Seriously. Someone at this party is going to embarrass himself – don't be the guy that posts it on Facebook, OK?
Of course, don't drink too much — to be on the safe side, limit it to two drinks. Come up with a few talking points ahead of time so you don't wind up going down that TMI road and wondering how to wrap up that skinny-dipping story with a shred of dignity intact. Be an actively-engaged listener. And have a few questions at the ready in case there's a lull. This will also help avoid a sharp turn down skinny-dip road. And be positive! Talking about how much the company or your life sucks may be less risqué than photocopying your butt — but it's still going to leave a mark.
Oh, and I shouldn't have to tell you this, but don't take ho, ho, ho, literally, OK?
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