It’s time to dust off the flashing antlers and stock up on Alka Seltzer. But how do you party like it’s 1999 and keep your dignity and career prospects intact?
The key tip is to know how much you can drink before becoming by stages relaxed, merry and then totally legless. Eating, and drinking water regularly will help you pace yourself, while mixing drinks won’t.
Make a distinction between parties which involve clients or suppliers, where you need to stay in control, and the internal Xmas do where you can afford to relax more.
If you are entertaining clients, team up with a colleague and agree to keep an eye on each other. If you are organising entertainment or giving a speech, steer clear of heavy drinking until it is out of the way.
If you are being entertained, there is more of a temptation to let your hair down. But be careful. You could put yourself at a disadvantage at the next set of negotiations if your supplier has seen you dancing naked to “I Will Survive”.
For many people the office party can be the real danger zone. The heady combination of booze and the break from everyday routine – the MD dressed in drag – can make it easy to cast caution aside.
Despite the temptation, do not use the office party to voice any anger, ask for a pay rise, slag off your colleagues, snog anyone, or worse.
But the golden rule is that no matter how bad you feel the next day, do not be late into work – that is a cardinal sin.