Christmas is just around the corner, which means you have to survive another office Christmas party.
Of course you won’t be welcome, because last year you got hammered, tried to hit on that hot girl/guy from HR, and called your boss a tw*t… or something similar.
If, for some reason, they are letting you attend again, then you need to understand what exactly causes the most embarrassment at office Christmas parties – and then don’t do it!
Retailer Joe Browns has done a bit of research into the worst shenanigans committed at the office parties, and found that most social faux pas were the result of alcohol (surprise surprise).
Their survey found that 20 per cent of people have vomited at a Christmas work do, while others admitted to messing up their careers by fighting with colleagues, having sex with colleagues, stealing, cheating on their significant other, crying in public and even streaking.
Out of the one in five employees who admitted to doing something they later regretted at the work do, 60 per cent put it down to being drunk, 20 percent for getting too close to a colleague, eight percent to falling over and four per cent of unfortunate people had a wardrobe malfunction.
In total 19 per cent said they admitted something they shouldn’t have in front of colleagues – including hating (or being in love with) a colleague, or just straight up hating their job.
Of course sometimes people need to be a little more honest – three per cent of people polled admitted to cheating on their partner at a Christmas work party.
So what can you do to ensure you still have a job come January?
Joe Browns said: ‘You may be given a meal, or some kind of food if you’re lucky, at your work party, however the best advice is not to get carried away and forget to eat.
‘If you’re likely to be too busy nattering with colleagues about all the office gossip – prepare yourself and line your stomach before you go.’
They also warn that ‘work and play generally don’t bode well together, so save the passion for someone you don’t have to sit next to at work the next day’.