Updated 18 September 2015

Prevent an office party disaster

Before you let your hair down, just remember you're among people who might have to decide on whether to promote you in three months' time.


Mmmm, the office party. That occasion where everyone pretends to bury the hatchet and where hormones and alcohol dictate. 

Take action:

- Don't hit the bottle – if you're not used to drinking, three or four glasses could make you lose many of your inhibitions

- Don't spill the beans about your personal life – tomorrow all your dirty laundry could be doing the rounds in the building

- Don't talk about work – this is a social occasion with your colleagues, not a planning meeting

- Don't ask for a raise – just because the boss is smiling for the first time in six months doesn't mean this is a good time to talk to him about your increased salary expectations

- Don't dress as if you're about to audition for a position as a lap dancer.

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