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How to Cope With Being Forced to Attend the Office Christmas Party

Steps

  1. Set an early time limit on leaving.While you're obliged to turn up, you're not obliged to stay for the whole party. In fact, make it absolutely clear before going that you're really excited about the party but isn't a pity that you have to attend your child's Christmas pantomime show just two hours after the office party begins. This lets people know you're keen to go but family or other personal commitments will be cutting you short, thereby making you both work and family conscious.
    • If the party is during work hours, you'll need to square taking off early for personal reasons with your superior. Just disappearing during work hours can cause people to worry about you.
  2. Realize that other people will be wondering why you're not there.They might quickly decide that you're being a bit of a snob and giving them the old heave-ho, which won't make things good for you back in the work environment.
  3. Gravitate toward the people whom you get along with best.You don't have to spend the whole time hanging around being superficially polite to the harasser from floor four or the trophy wife from reception; after a few polite exchanges, simply sidle off and discover those colleagues you enjoy talking to.
  4. Live on the sidelines.If there are too many sentimental work moments being relived by the more extroverted elements of the party or the party's just too loud/crass/crazy/boring, etc., hug the side of the room or even wander into the corridor or outside now and then. Grab a drink and some nibbles, a sympathetic colleague and huddle away somewhere near enough to be seen but not drawn into the center of the party.
  5. Put your smile on.Be prepared to enjoy yourself and you might be surprised to find that you actually do. Free food, free booze, free entertainment; don't look the gift horse in the mouth.

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    People don't know I can't handle social situations. I just want to avoid it.
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    If it's a work thing, try to think of it like just another day at the office. It will be unpleasant, but just show up, have a drink, chat a little bit, make an excuse, and leave. If you really feel like you can't do it, tell them you already have other plans, but it's best to just go for a little while so you look like a team player.
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Warnings

  • Don't say you'll go and then just not turn up. Besides being rude, this will not only be noticed, it won't be forgotten.
  • Avoid getting drunk in an attempt to avoid work colleagues. Nothing draws as much attention as a drunk work colleague.





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