The holiday office party has the two main ingredients for a colossal work-related lapse in judgment: booze and coworkers. An inebriated minefield of awkward social situations and utterly failed professionalism can lead to sloppy make-out sessions, cringe-worthy karaoke, and, the coup d'état, boning your boss. All of which may seem like great ideas when you’re four spiked eggnogs deep... and which can be, if you play it right.
As long as everyone’s semi-coherent (emphasis on coherent), safe, and on the same page, plenty of fun can be had without kicking your career to the curb.
In fact, 25% of Americans claim to have had sexual relations as the result of an office holiday party. Of course, we all know there’s a much higher percentage that will never kiss and tell. For those of you ready to wade out into those waters, here’s how to hook up without landing on the naughty list. Sorry, HR departments!
DON’T have TOO much to drink
An abundance of free booze can spell trouble, especially when you factor in social weirdness. But you’re still at a work-hosted function; and trust me, your coworkers will judge you. What happens at the holiday party does not stay at the holiday party. Ever. To avoid becoming the hot topic of water-cooler gossip, keep your consumption in check. Buzzed is OK. Leaving bodily fluids on the break-room table is not. And puking is a definite no-no. Besides, no one wants to do the deed with a hot mess.