Work Christmas Party Delight.

What do these three things have in common?
a) Snogging someone very inappropriate when inebriated and spending the rest of the year hiding out in shame
b) Putting the world to rights with that random you know from accounting and
c) Your Director actually learning your name for the first time in a year.

You have guessed it, it is Christmas Party time. Work Christmas parties can be good, they can get you noticed  (for the right reasons) and help you form good friendships in the workplace. However, all too often they just lead to “the fear” the day after aka pondering en route to work with a massive hangover questions such as: What did I say?  Did I really tell that cute guy from the 3rd floor that J K Rowling is my hero? Oh no, did I also tell my boss all about my adventures in online dating? If only I could remember…

Now most people have a good sense of humour when it comes to Christmas parties. The general philosophy is that whatever is said and done at a Christmas Party STAYS at the Christmas Party. However, with this handy list, you will be able to network with the best of them as you will be able to tell all you can about your colleagues by what they drink.

If they are drinking…

Wine: They are a bit of a conformist really. Keep an eye on how much they drink. A glass of red, likelihood they will stay sober so get in there early so that you don’t meet them when you are really drunk and they will remember everything. Beware of girls who drink bottles of the stuff all night though – odds are one of them will be in tears by the end of the night. Do you want to sort that out?

Beer: If male, they are a bit of a lad, a bit of a geezer. Don’t worry what you say to them as chances are they will be so drunk they won’t remember a thing.

Soft Drinks: Unless they are religious, pregnant, driving or an alcoholic, chances are they are just a bit odd!

Whisky: They are quite a quirky colleague who is probably a bit pretentious on occasion (especially if it is expensive whisky). Probably quite a hardened drinker so will remember everything said but is so non conformist that they probably don’t care.

Shots: They are clearly on a mission to get themselves (and probably others) as drunk as possible. However, they are probably a lot of fun to hang out with. Is the fun worth the risk of potential embarrassment? Only you can make that call.

Cider: They are fun like a beer or shots person but also marches to the beat of their own drum. This means that they will be different enough to be interesting to talk to but like the beer person, will get so drunk that they won’t remember if you embarrass yourself.

So what have we learnt from this? 1) Don’t worry about embarrassing yourself at your Christmas Party as it happens to everyone and 2) Cider drinkers ROCK!

This blog was written by Mairi McKinstry

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