Well, there might be a couple of months until the most socially awkward gathering of the year takes place, but you probably still require a bit of convincing as to why it’s always a good idea to attend.

Whether you’ve got your heart set on not going or if you’re stuck in the undecided camp, then congratulations! You’re definitely that colleague who regularly finds it difficult to withstand forty hours each week in the company of some of the most annoying and ill-mannered people you’ve ever had the privilege of meeting.

Not only does the Christmas party involve contact and communication with your ‘team’ outside of these scheduled hours, but it may also involve a large pinch of false camaraderie and the opportunity to see your boss have one too many. Lucky you!

Well, anyone who’s worked anywhere will know that it’s never okay to reply to the invite with, ‘no thanks’. Besides, your company has gone to the trouble to select a suitable Christmas party venue, as well as the effort to email the entire office months in advance, so that other Christmas related shenanigans play second fiddle to the infamous work’s ‘Christmas do’.

Okay, you’re invited and you’re going. Not attending can actually lead to backlash of pain and misery from your fellow attendees. This is likely to last well into January. So, here are the 5 reasons why you should pluck up the courage and attend your office Christmas party this year…

1. Free Bar

Did someone say free bar? Well, everyone apart from your boss that is. You’ve probably taken the time to eye up your boss over the last few weeks and months to determine whether they’re willing to put their hand in their pocket for those everyday things like tea and coffee.

Although it is often a good indicator to know whether a free bar will be in place at the Christmas party, or if you’re going to be surviving the night on a ration of drinks tokens, it’s no certainty.

Who knows, maybe your tight-fisted boss is saving the pennies to go ‘large’ at the Christmas Party. Either way, they’ll be wanting to impress the workforce, so expect a couple of free drinks at the very least and maybe even a free bar too, if you’re lucky. Be ready to take advantage.

2. Keeping Your Job

Obviously, turning up to your work’s ‘Christmas do’ is not going to be the difference in whether you’ve still got a job in January, but there is some science behind it.

Some bosses take it personally, like REALLY personally, if you’re a no-show. Rather weirdly, they’d be happier to see you getting merry on their money than sat at home watching the Gogglebox Christmas special, or something much worse.

Be warned: The dreaded Christmas party is often used as a test to see whether you’re comfortable with your colleagues and if you’re a ‘team player’.

3. The Christmas Party Stories

Clearly, the large majority of the office conversations for the next 12 months are going to revolve around this year’s Christmas party antics. Witnessing the debauchery of your fellow colleagues is only going to set you up with conversation gold for the next year. Plus, you’ll now know how Simon in accounts got that nickname.

Not only that, you’ll also be able to tell any new workmates about that ex-colleague who did something so ridiculous at last year’s Christmas party it’s the sole reason why they’re now an ex-colleague.

4. You won’t be talked about

No one wants to be the butt of the office jokes just because they decided to wash their hair on the same night as the office Christmas party, but it’s known to happen. Being labelled as boring is not cool, so we suggest that you quickly finish drying your hair, don your gladrags and hitch a ride to your local Revolution. Pronto!

5. It’s probably not that bad…

Nervous energy naturally surrounds the build up to the often fateful Christmas party, but trust us, they’re probably not as bad as they first seem.

Each and every one of your colleagues are in the same awkward boat as you, so just relax. Fine tuning your smalltalk and perfecting that dead-behind-the-eyes smile are two killer moves. If these fall short of the mark, it’s head down and straight to the bar.

Well, If it’s really that bad, you’ll be reassured to know that it’s only another 12 months until you have to do it all again.

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