Why Work Christmas Party Etiquette is not something to ignore in the lead up to the festive season.

Work Christmas Party Etiquette is a hot topic at this time of the year. But these guidelines for employers and employees apply to any work event or celebration (especially when there’s alcohol involved!)

It’s far better to have some Christmas party guidelines in place so the expectations are clear from the beginning.

Work Christmas Party Etiquette For Employees:


  • Thank the boss for putting the party on
  • Thank the organiser for their hard work arranging the party
  • Dress appropriate to the event location and theme – remember it’s still a work event so when in doubt, go Business Festive!
  • Get out of your comfort zone – don’t stand in the corner and eat canapes, get out and mingle. This is your opportunity to meet those staff members you haven’t met before and make new connections


  • Get drunk and take to the stage
  • Don’t remove your clothing
  • Make a pass at the boss or a colleague
  • Be the last to leave and still hunting down drinks (or worse, drinking other’s leftovers!)
  • General obnoxious behaviour such as bad language and rude comments

Work Christmas Party Etiquette For Employers:

  • Consider your employees’ values and beliefs. Not everyone celebrates Christmas. An end of year or holiday party may be more inclusive for your workplace
  • Be clear if partners and/or children are (or are not) invited
  • Time of the day should be considered. For those employees with children, an evening event could be difficult as child care could be needed. Is a daytime party more convenient for the majority of attendees? Make sure everyone can attend!
  • Consider your employee’s interests. If you’re unsure, you could send out a poll for them to vote on a range of options, using an online survey tool or something like Microsoft forms
  • Be mindful of the alcohol flow, always have food and plenty of other non-alcoholic drink options available


If you are unsure about how to approach this in your workplace, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for advice.

Integrated Human Resourcing is an outsourced HR firm based on the Gold Coast, Australia. Contact us here or call 5613 1846 / email: info@humanresourcing.com.au