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Tis the season for company holiday parties. The social gathering for those who are not made to be social with each other, the rest of the year. Things can often get awkward and you can count on at least one person to be belligerently drunk before the end of the evening. Certainly someone is going to do something, he or she will regret. Don't let that person be you.
Here are some tips to avoid the post Christmas party, return to work walk of shame.
Dancing - We all love to shake our money maker from time to time. However most of us are just not very good at it. If your work Christmas party involves music and the mood hits you to move to the beat, keep it simple. Don't use this occasion as your opportunity to try out some new steps.
Don't Corner The Boss - Most otherwise reserved employees attempt to utilize the Christmas bash as their grande chance to woo the boss. Using alcohol as an accelerant each year literally thousands of managers and employers are corned at holiday parties. They are introduced to those who feel the need to be recognized, pitched horrible ideas, spilled drinks on, and forced into uncomfortable conversations. Don't be one of those people who corners their boss. All he or she will remember is the awkwardness of the moment. Not your idea, not your fancy tie or your wife's name. Just the memory of you half tanked, and your passive aggressive moment. Instead be the happy employee who says hello, keeps the chatter to cordials and thanks your employer for a great time. That memory will last far longer, for most employees are likely to either avoid the boss all together or the opposite which you've been warned to avoid.
Don't Get Waisted - Perhaps all of the above can be prevented by just watching your alcohol consumption. Walk away from the hero with social anxiety buying all those around him shots of "regret" stay away from mixed drink or cocktails. Instead nurse a cold beer or a glass of wine. Take pleasure in other's poor judgement rather then regretting your own.