Office Christmas parties are supposed to be a fun way to celebrate the holidays with co-workers… but the results can be hilarious or disastrous.
Experts offer a list of do’s and dont’s for holiday functions.
It’s that time of year when you kind of got to go to the office Christmas party.
It’s a time when someone almost always has too much to drink, and turns into another person.
“It can get outrageous; you do things that are abnormal because you’re under the influence,” Natasha Burrows said.
It happens all the time. There are countless stories of how the conservative professional creates a spectacle during the line dance; wiggling too much and dropping it like it’s hot.
“Drop it, I’m gonna watch you drop it,” Tony Howard said.
Howard won’t name names, but he spoke hypothetically about what could happen.
“You know, I’m sweet on my co-worker so I mean you know how it is me and her going to take a walk in the coat room to make sure everybody’s coat is still intact,” Howard said.
“Everybody likes to let go sometimes,” Jennifer Rome said.
“It’s probably more uncomfortable for me to try to let loose because you gotta work with these people and you worry about that you’re not use to seeing these people in that type of disposition,” Rome explained.
“In the area of psychology we call these high risk situations,” Dr. Richard Ager said.
Dr. Ager is an associate professor at Tulane’s school of social work.
He says if you have a tendency to loose judgment when you drink socially; make a plan for the office party.
Like, leave early and keep alcoholic beverages to a minimum to avoid Christmas party drama.
“We all know it can linger and it could linger and expand and become the source of a lot of gossip and they can characterize people from then on,” Ager said.
Natasha Burrows agrees.
“Sometimes it does carry over and then it’s hard to go to work with that person,” Burrows said.
But if the party does get the best of you, there’s another alternative.
“You just don’t talk about it afterword’s,” Rome said.
“What happens at the party stays at the party,” Howard said.
Experts say to avoid being the talk of the office, remember the Christmas party is a work function.
Use common sense, and keep conversations upbeat and casual.