It's the Christmas party season, when everyone lets their hair down and behaves embarrassingly in front of their colleagues. But there are things you can do to make that impending first day back at the office less traumatic. Here are a few dos and don'ts for the big Christmas office party...

DO

Keep those lips looking good and ready for chitter-chatter. Check out Heathcote & Ivory's lip care range to keep your lips looking tip-top – if you look the part even when your hair's down, you'll make a great impression on your colleagues.
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DON'T

Lose your head and start flirting wildly with that person you've always had a crush on, just because you've got a drink or two in you! Keep calm and carry on, no differently than you would at work.

DON'T

Talk about people behind their back, or forget you have to work with these people come Monday. If you have to, censor your comments enough to avoid prosecution, and always assume that all you're saying could well be heard by the subject of the conversation.

DON'T

Get too drunk. Take it easy. Remember you're not with your usual friends, and if you go crazy your colleagues don't want to have to look after you. Only consume what you can handle - that way you'll be able to put yourself in a taxi at the end of the night.

DO

Keep hands moisturised. Just another reason to link to a Heathcote & Ivory product? Yes :), but you may well be meeting a lot of new people, whether it's people from a different department or the spouses of your colleagues, there's nothing worse than dry hands when greeting someone with a hand shake. Keep topped up with a travel hand cream.

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DON'T

Suck-up to your boss. It will be tempting to hang round the one person that can further your career overnight with the click of a mouse, laughing at jokes that aren’t funny and complimenting office re-shuffles that didn't work, but it's obvious and a bit lame. You're better off if you just...

DO

...Enjoy yourself! It's the one night of the year when your employer splashes out on you, why not make the most of it.

DON'T

Talk too much shop. It's bound to happen, but if you keep it to a minimum, then you might actually be able to get to know your colleagues a bit better, rather than complaining about the printer always being out of toner.

Article updated: 16/12/14

Originally published: 15/12/2011