3 Ways Managers Lose Respect at the Christmas Party

3 Ways Managers Lose Respect at the Christmas Party

Tis the season to be jolly – and remember that your Christmas party is still a formal setting after all, and some office rules still apply!

With Christmas work do’s happening all over the world, it’s never been a better time to remind people what they should and should not do.

The festive period, for all its merriment, is actually a terrible time for people finding themselves sacked and can be treacherous terrain for a manager.

We’re here to advise what not to do this year; here are three ways managers lose respect at Christmas parties…

Chasing Deadlines

We understand that the business has end of year reviews, goals and targets to meet.

It is usually a stressful time for many as we rush to turn in work before half of the office disappears on Christmas break. It’s natural, therefore, to find yourself chasing after deadlines.

The Christmas party, however, should be viewed as sacred ground.

You are delivering a festive release and showing thanks for your team’s hard work all year, so don’t ruin it by bringing work to the office party.

No matter how much you want that piece of work handed in before that employee’s annual leave, make a note to remind them in the office instead.

Passive Aggressive Comments

Along the same vein, some managers find themselves a little loose lipped at the office Christmas party and it can get them in trouble with the team.

It’s important that managers and employees leave office politics at the door when it comes to the Christmas party.

As a manager, you have the power to make the Christmas party a joyous time of gratefulness.

Set an example by expressing your thanks, providing awards and recognition of achievement to employees and encouraging others to do the same with their peers.

Being Too Merry

As a manager, we know you’ve worked hard all year too, and this is as much your Christmas party as everyone else’s, but it’s important to remember that people will still look to you for direction.

You have built a reputation of authority all year, so it’s important not to get too merry and lose respect from your employees at the last minute!

Keep drinking to a minimum!.

From all of us here at Sussex Business School, we wish you and your team a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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