Six things to avoid at your next office function

At the pace that this year is going, the office year-end function will be here before we know it. And while it's a great way to kick back with your colleagues, that doesn't mean that all the rules go out the window.

So here are a few tips to make sure that you have the most rocking year-end function, without making headlines the next morning.

Whether it’s piling your plate at the buffet or knocking back one too many at the bar, try not to overindulge. You don’t want to be remembered as the guy who threw up in the fountain at the venue, or burst into tears on the CEO’s shoulder.

That’s not to say that you should steer clear of booze entirely – office parties are a wonderful way for the team to unwind after a stressful year – just make sure that you don’t drink and drive.

Sure, the thought of socialising with your employees or spending yet more time with that annoying colleague makes your hair stand on end, but you’re going to have to suck it up. If you leave really early, your absence might be noticed and commented upon – which isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Unless you and that cutie from Accounting have decided that you’re attracted to each other, flirting inappropriately – or more – with a co-worker could land you with more than a drink in your face. The last thing you want to face when you get back to work is a meeting request from HR.

Don’t be that guy. Nobody likes that guy. Sure, work will obviously come up throughout the event, but now is not the time to try to unravel the problem you’re having with your problem client. Leave it until Monday.

This isn’t just the infamous “nip-slip”. Make sure you’ve taken the dress code into account – especially if it’s themed! If you’re going to see Rock of Ages at Gold Reef City, for example, you need to channel your inner 80s glam rocker! Even if your event requires you to wear civilian gear, make sure that you’re dressed for the venue – no t-shirts at a semi-formal event!

(Without consent.)

You’ve snapped the night away, and obviously want to document an awesome event. But do remember that the party was still a work event, and your colleague might not appreciate the photo of her taking a body shot off the IT guy ending up on Facebook. Even if you think your Facebook privacy settings are watertight, remember that people can still take screenshots – and you don’t want to be the person that drags your company’s name into disrepute.

Can you believe that we're already talking about the office year-end party? Venues get booked up before you know it and you still have to stress about food, decor and a theme. Remove all that by booking your year-end function with the musical Rock of Ages at Gold Reef City - complete with great corporate discounts and packages!

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