Post # 1
I was recently invited to my new employers Christmas Party and I truly am excited to go but am SUPER nervous since this is the first time I’ll be meeting a lot of these people as well as being in a social setting.
My question is that I like to drink as well as my Fiance but I’m not sure if even having 1 drink is appropriate. Should I refrain from having any drinks that night? Should I see how the night goes and only stay at one? I was told that if I decide to cab it that they will pick up the bill so perhaps this means they expect people to have a couple of drinks but I’m not going to be doing this – I fully expect to drive.
What are your thoughts on Christmas parties and drinking?
Post # 3
I usually have at least one at our Christmas lunch. It was weird at first, but at the end of the day, my co-workers are just about as crazy and in need of a drink after a day of work as I do.
Post # 4
In those types of situations where I don’t know proper etiquette or protocol, I tend to take my que from the other guests. Since it’s your employer I would aim to be a bit more on the conservative side. So if most people are not drinking or having only one or two, maybe opt out. If everyone else is having a few a letting loose then have 1 or 2. Just play it by ear.
Post # 5
I think that as long as you don’t get carried away and act like a lush, you have nothing to worry about. Having a few drinks, while staying sober, won’t harm their opinions of you. If you are too rigid, or too laidback that could affect how they see you.
Just maintain a professional and respectful manner.
Post # 6
We are not allowed to order drinks at our Christmas lunch :/ but if we were I probably would have one drink if at all. I am very close to a few co workers and have gone out drinking with them before. I don’t think it’s appropriate to get drunk at a work function.
You never know who will say what.
Post # 7
@arsing89: thats true, sometimes we can forget our bosses/co-workers are people too who can enjoy a glass of wine etc like we do. I think I’ll stick to one as well
@Kit_Kath: I think thats probably the best approach to be honest but I most definately will keep it to one drink, as I want to enjoy myelf and make a good impression. lol is it weird that I’m kind stressed out about this haha.
Post # 8
If you’re worried about it, I would have a drink if that’s what your coworkers are doing, but also try to drink less total than they are – just so that if anything embarrassing happens, it won’t be you!
Post # 9
Having a drink or two is fine so long as 1) you aren’t the only one drinking and 2) you aren’t getting drunk and acting ridiculous.
Post # 10
I thought this was funny and practical:
Post # 11
@drummerbride: thats actually what I was worried about, I don’t want to be too rigid but obviously don’t want to go all out either.
@Artificial-Sweetener: Yeah that is a concern of mine as well, also since this is a new place of employment.
Post # 13
@Mrs.KMM: Yeah I’m pretty sure drinking will be happening there so it seems one or two would be ok.
@red_rose: I’ll definately keep my eye on the environment of the night.
@oracle: haha neat!
Post # 14
@canyouhearmenow13: Like a previous poster suggested, just keep your drinks to a minimum, and if you notice no one else is rinking alcohol, then skip it entirely.
Post # 15
@oracle: I’ve seen that before! Pretty accurate if you ask me!
OP, you can have 1 or 2 and I wouldn’t worry about that. As long as you aren’t drunk it’s ok to relax and have 1 or 2 if you want.
Post # 16
I was at my company about 6 months before our xmas party. I had 2 or 3 drinks, fiance had the same. I think that’s appropriate.