So, most of the time I don’t miss having colleagues too much! I love having an office to myself, and I still have plenty of people contact through working with my customers and being active in various networks. But when it gets to this time of year, I do miss the office Christmas parties!
I say “parties” because I usually ended up going to more than one! I worked for the government, so there were a lot of people in our building, which meant that departments and teams did their own thing. However they weren’t always that strict about who attended, so as well as going to my own, I sometimes got invited to other people’s events as well! I remember being quite tired at the end of December!
Most of the time it involved going for a meal somewhere followed by drinks and dancing afterwards. Once I missed the last train home the night before Christmas Eve and had to get a taxi after I’d got as close as I could on the train. I think I got in at around 4AM and then had to get organised the next day to go to my Mum’s. I didn’t feel my best that day!
They weren’t all as late as that though!
Working in the centre of London, we were spoiled for choice in terms of restaurants. You could have whatever type of cuisine you wanted, but you had to be quick. If you started thinking about your Christmas party booking in December, it was usually too late as most places were already full.
The parties were a lovely excuse to get dressed up, have a laugh, a few glasses of wine, and get to know some new people. I remember one year I was the only person from my part of the office. I was also the first to arrive and felt very self-conscious. This was compounded by the fact that I was from the Director’s Office, and people were a bit wary of talking to me. Maybe before I joined, people kept themselves to themselves from that office, I don’t know, but after a drink or two, people overcame their initial shyness and we had a really good evening!
Mainly I did it to have fun, but in such a large organisation, it was a really good way to get to know some people from other buildings or areas. I think it helped too – if they remembered you later when you needed to contact them about something, you weren’t just a name behind an email, but someone they had already met and chatted too.
I think it’s great that some companies in the private sector put on their own events for staff and I’ve been to a couple with my partner.
Now I’m self-employed, I don’t have a Christmas party, but as I’m always roping S in to help with one thing or another for my business, I said I’d take him out for dinner, or maybe lunch after the Christmas market! It’s a bit late now, but maybe I could organise something next year for other local business owners, or some kind of online event for bloggers. I don’t know. But I’d like a plate of turkey and all the trimmings that I haven’t cooked!
How about you? Will you be attending any office Christmas parties this year? Or have you already?
So, what was behind your door no. 15?
L’Occitane – this time it was a lip balm. I didn’t even know that they did them, but I guess this is the point of the calendar! It’s a non-flavoured one and good for a handbag.
M&S: it’s the second mascara – this time the Diego Dalla Palma Ciglione Mascara one in black. I haven’t tried this one before and I’m not going to open it yet because I don’t like to have too many mascaras on the go! But I’m looking forward to trying it out as I haven’t had anything from this brand before.
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