New years parties are always fun to got to, wetter it is at one of your friends, a close relative or even from work. However most people tend to act different on the work floor than they actually are, so when the new years party is there people tend to – under the influence of alcohol – show their true nature. No problem with that, and you don’t mind at all what you do that evening, it is all about having fun, right?
Yes it is, until the next day, when you suddenly realise what you have done the previous evening (that is if you can remember) and you know that all your colleagues now have very funny (for them) and very embarrassing stories about you.
You can say goodbye now to that fresh start of the new year you hoped for.
How to prevent this.
OK, some tips to prevent getting in embarrassing situations at a new years party. Having done this a few times myself I know how agitating this can be, luckily I used to work with colleagues that were even more wild than me, so no harm done there.
But for all of you that do the same thing as I did on a new years party, I hope these tips can be of help.
- Have a drink or two, and I do mean two
Sure it is ok to have a drink or two, you can have fun, but don’t lose your dignity. We all know what happens when we had one drink to many. And you don’t want everybody to talk about you kissing that guy that you like/don’t even like at all!
- The right signals.
Don’t flirt with colleagues, certainly not when you know he likes you. At a party we tend to give the wrong signals. Be polite, but distant if you don’t have any further intentions. Even better, take your partner with you if that’s a possibility. This will make sure you have a flirt-free-night. And if the vent occurs that a certain colleague is a little bit pushy, make a little joke, don’t humiliate, but subtly make clear that whatever he is doing, is not wanted.
- Don’t fight!
So you thought you saw a clear opportunity to attack (metaphorically speaking of course) that annoying colleague? Don’t, when you are at a party that has anything to do with your work, you never make a scene or start fights. It is your income that could be at stake here after all. If you are afraid that colleague won’t stay away from you, solve this before hand, ask some of you colleagues to pay attention to you so you can ask their help with a simple sign for example.
- Appropriate behaviour
Most importantly: never leave the party with someone you don’t want to end up in an awkward situation with. Everything you do will be noticed and talked about by someone else, so you never know what kind of stories you will hear in the new year.
Hope this has helped all you ladies out there, so you will never have an embarrassing new years party ever again. And of course there will be people that still make up a story to make you look bad, but most of the time this is because of jealousy and since you have been almost sober during the party you will remember it this time. Maybe nothing happened the years before, you just had to much to drink and couldn’t remember.