On the fourth day of Christmas – thinking of taking your smart phone to the Christmas party? Be really smart, read this first

Posted by Luke Mitchell on 25 November 2014

A few drinks on, it’s late and there’s an embarrassing situation involving a co-worker happening right there in front of you.  Opportunity – a pic, a post, a tweet.  My friends will love this. 

If you think there is an opportunity to take a  photo of a co-worker that could be hilarious for your friends to see, think again.  Posting inappropriate photos or comments from a work function of co-workers having fun or even behaving badly, may seem like a harmless thing to do, but consider what the outcome could be.  Friends, friends of friends, people you forgot you were connected to (sometimes your boss or other work colleagues), will all see what you have posted and the omniscient world of Facebook has actually become a very small world indeed.  That one moment when it was a funny, harmless thing to do remains online well after the party is over.  The person in the photo will remain locked in that embarrassing moment for a long time to come, through no choice of their own, but they do know who posted it.

Here’s a quick reminder of good social media etiquette to apply to your work Christmas party which will ensure everyone has a happy time and returning to work on Monday will not start with a red face, an apology or worse still, a meeting with your manager to discuss serious disciplinary action.  Remember:

  • Be mindful of your firm’s Social Media Policy (ask for a copy if you can’t remember what it entails);
  • Protect your own and others privacy by not posting specific information;
  • Don’t post if you are intoxicated;
  • If you do take photos and want to post them, check with the people in the photo to ensure it is ok with them;
  • The same sexual harassment and bullying rules apply to inappropriate postings from your Christmas party as would apply if you were at your desk;  and
  • Even the Christmas party counts as “official work time”.

Keep phone use limited to the ordering of a taxi.  Your job and the consideration of those you work with is worth more than one ill-considered moment.  Instead of click, post, tweet - try catch up, connect, enjoy.