It’s that time of year again when it is somewhat acceptable to get drunk, berate your bosses and dance on the tabletops at the office.
But while it’s fun to laugh about the silly stuff your colleagues or bosses did at the party, you don’t want to become that person everyone is talking about.
Here are a few horrible holiday party stories to help you avoid the same situations (but also to give you a good laugh).
1. No, you will NOT have fun.
“Office Christmas party where we were sent a stern letter saying if we dared to not stay an extra hour to make up for the time we spent at the party or didn’t use PTO we would be at risk for being fired..
“Oh ya, then the budget was cut to $50 and everyone was told to bring their own food… Yay company morale!”
2. The cake of sadness
“I was working at a crappy company a long time ago in December, and we found out suddenly that our whole division was getting laid off like literally days before it happened. So most of us knew it was happening a day before the Year End party which would be our last working day before holidays and then we wouldn’t be coming back.
“So we are all bummed… so then our manager comes in with a Christmas cake. He was going to be laid off too. And he says ‘so at least we should have a cake to celebrate the season?’ So we all kind of agreed; with broken spirits. But he didn’t have plates or spoons or knives or even napkins. So we all literally just had to scoop out a bit of cake with our hands, and just eat it. All the while, a cloud of sadness hanging over us. Was quite depressing.”
3. Come to our party… to work.
“I was working in a sandwich shop with only six employees. The owner invited all of us to a formal holiday party at his house. I didn’t realize until I showed up – in my only fancy party dress – that I was expected to work the event, serving all the owner’s friends and family!”
Via The Fast Track
4. You WILL sing karaoke, but with no music
“It was an otherwise ordinary party – dinner and dancing at a local hotel ballroom. But between the dinner and dancing they had karaoke. Not volunteer karaoke, though, and this was before karaoke machines were available. Several small groups of people were coerced into going up and singing, handed the words to the songs printed on paper and made to sing a capella in front of the entire room. It was so painful to watch their embarrassment…. no, I’d go so far as to say humiliation. I wasn’t one of those people, so I have no bitterness, but you have to really think twice about company management that will do that to people. It was downright ugly.”
Via The Fast Track
5. Boogie bust-ups
“My coworkers were competing on the dance floor to see who could do the best moves. It turned into a fight and they both were let go for inappropriate behavior.”
6. Comedy gone wrong
“My old company hired a comedian for our holiday party. He proceeded to get completely trashed and crossed over into the world of sex, racism, religion, asshole bosses, gay bashing, women’s menstruation, et al. The guy kept yelling “F*** ***!” to the HR VP waving his hands / making cut-motions in the back of the room. We settled a lawsuit with three different employees in the months afterwards.
7. The “flaming nipple shot”
“I managed to set myself on fire at my first ever xmas party. I was doing a flaming nipple shot with one of our managers and pulled away when the glass touched my chest.
The scars are gone now and I’m still working there two years later.”
8. The no-shows
“Only 5 people of 30 showed up (including myself), we proceeded to drink too much and subsequently discussed in great detail who of our coworkers we would cage fight in the office.”