By INIGO 'NAUGHTY' ZENICAZELAYA
SUMMER is here and there’s nothing more “political” than office parties, fun days and after work happy hours.
So to ensure all you office party and after work, happy hour-goers remain “politically correct” and don’t end up either in court, incarcerated, hospitalised or all of the above.
Here’s my Top Ten list of what not to do at your office summer fun day or after work happy hour, because we all know, work rules still apply.
1 GETTING INEBRIATED (DRUNK)
It’s a party, so you can expect a lot of people to get a bit tipsy. However, dancing on the bar or starting a fight, is still unacceptable.
As long as you don’t do anything that is illegal, then the worst punishment you will have is being “shame”.
If the company puts on an “open bar” employees might feel that they cannot be held responsible, but they can.
So no need to show your “jungaliss” side.
2 ASKING FOR A RAISE
There is a time and a place to negotiate a change in your pay, the office fun day is NOT it!!
Drunken slurring about how you’re the best employee to your boss while spilling your drink will not have the desired effect in securing your raise.
3 DON’T INVITE FRIENDS TO THE OPEN BAR
The open bar is considered a gift from the employer to the employees, bringing your friends will make you “persona non grata”.
4 MAKING ADVANCES
An employer may be ultimately responsible for the actions of its employees at an office function or party, just as it may be responsible for the actions of its employees in the workplace.
So no “cutting up” with the bosses wife or secretary for that matter.
Nor any of your colleagues’ significant other.
Neither any of your co-workers directly!!
5 DON’T ARRIVE OR LEAVE EARLY
After work happy hour, cocktails, is not an easy event for some as it is for others.
In a multi-cultural society some might argue it is debatable whether or not the concept of “happy hour” might be outdated.
In any case always remember to be “fashionably” late and leave late, right ahead of the staff, and you won’t be in violation of “office drinking etiquette.”
6 NO MAN LIKERY OR GOSSIPING
After a few drinks, “liquid courage” might make people more talkative, but putting down colleagues or gossiping is never cool.
You don’t know if the person you are talking to will repeat your conversation, which could lead to awkward conversations when you sober up and have to face people in the office.
7 FUSSING AND FIGHTING
Not surprisingly, fighting constitutes gross misconduct, which should be dealt with formally under a company’s disciplinary procedures.
Advice to anyone thinking of getting involved in one is this – it will most likely lead to your dismissal.
8 NO TALKING SHOP
Talk stop, and you might find you have a lot of very short conversations.
The office fun day or night out is a chance to talk with colleagues, but not about work. You don’t want to be known as “Boring Bob”.
9 DON’T OVERLOAD YOUR PLATE
The food is for everyone. So make sure it lasts the night.
You want to have something to eat, especially if you’re drinking, but you don’t want to be the person at fault for why someone else hasn’t got a single morsel.
“Toting” however is completely acceptable.
10 DANCE MACHINE
In the old millennium, looking lost on the dance floor might have been largely forgotten as memories faded.
Today, you can guarantee those “moves” could haunt you for a very long time.
Social media is a wicked beast !
Until next week, it’s summer, party on!
Just remember the rules, written and unwritten.