When I was much younger, my mother, in her attempt to say “no” to a perceived expensive or unusual request would say in Creole “everyday notto Christmas”. Christmas comes once a year and it is amongst other things, a season of good wishes, celebration, forgiveness and accountability. For some, it could also be a reminder of the many things that have been left undone thereby creating tension, frustration and sometimes fear and vivid anger.
The season may also be designed for jolly festive celebrations, but they are, in fact, a social minefield which should carry a social savvy warning.
Christmas parties are a tradition within companies and businesses. Celebrating a successful year bonds employees, and within larger companies, these parties help departments to meet and mingle with people in the same organisation that they might otherwise never interact with.
They are (supposed to be) fun, frivolous and sometimes flirty events. According to a published survey by Gala Casinos, 30% will be too drunk to remember anything; 16% will be stranded after falling asleep on public transport; 11% will snuggle a colleague.
Unfortunately, otherwise responsible colleagues with a few under the belt can become raucous, as a result of the alcohol lowering their inhibitions. The majority of city ladies and gentlemen claim their most embarrassing moments occur while they are intoxicated. One should advise that we exercise great care and restraint so that your most embarrassing drunken occasion doesn’t occur at the staff Christmas party. Sober colleagues will remember your behaviour and naughtiness which may damage your reputation at work or worse.
However, we realise that you do not want to be considered socially inept, and therefore it is necessary to at least take advantage of the alcoholic beverages, socialise and build upon the relationships your organisation has so far fostered. If you fit into the work social scene well, you will prosper in the workplace as a result of your bonding session gained at the company social gathering!
Richie Dayo Johnson is an experiential specialist and consultant in communication and human behaviour. He works with aspiring leaders, high net-worth individuals and multinational organisations in Europe and Africa. He also sits on various boards in an advisory capacity presently oscillates between the two continents depending on work and family commitments.
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