12 career tips of Christmas – day ten
Surviving the Christmas party and beyond
At this time of year, everyone in adland is busy crystal ball gazing to predict what the year ahead will look like. It’s easy to forget that the year end should also signal a time to refocus and reflect on past achievements as well as plan ahead. With that in mind, NABS is running its own 12 Days of Christmas series, on career tips. On each working day, right the way up to Christmas Eve, the NABS career team will be sharing their expertise on everything from handling pressure to building networks, from listing achievements to adding value.
The majority of Christmas parties may have come and gone for the season,and while most of us know how to behave appropriately, in practice it’seasy to fall into some of the age old traps. It’ll be a good idea at the time – but don’t take this opportunity to tell your boss what you think of him/her, and while getting frisky with that gorgeous new client might seem like a good idea, in the cold light of day, face it – it’s likely to end in disaster.
Having said that, any social occasion with the team is about having fun; you’ve worked hard so go for it and let your hair down. But remember, in life as in work there is a fine line between being the life and soul of the party and making a fool of yourself.
Throughout your career you will be invited to work and client events which will most probably involve a glass or two (or ten) of booze, so get a handle on what sort of night it will be. If it’s strictly business, avoid downing those treble vodka and cokes; no one wants to see you dad-dancing your way around the table. It’s helpful to bear in mind that the event had an objective, be that smooching, winning new business or building up a relationship with a current client, so moderate your behaviour
If it’s a social event with your colleagues, you’ll be more relaxed, (but probably still best to avoid those trebles). The company Christmas party can be great to let off steam after a busy year, boosting morale and bringing the team together for one last big knees up. It’s a great way to meet and spend time with others who you might not have experience of working with, building bonds for the future. Just make sure that when the drinks are flowing you don’t air your work problems or let the booze bring out your dark side.
So, enjoy the best that the work party season has to offer, but make sure you get home safely and there aren’t any serious repercussions that will merit you being hauled in front of your boss the next morning.