On the fifth day of Christmas – Don’t be dumb about your smart phone at the office Christmas party.

Posted by Luke Mitchell on 24 November 2015
On the fifth day of Christmas – Don’t be dumb about your smart phone at the office Christmas party.

We all have one.  We all know what features they have.  But after a few drinks your fingers just might be twitching.  Some colleagues couldn’t make it to the party and you really should capture these golden moments so they can enjoy them too.  Better still, you could pop them on Facebook and they’ll see them even sooner.

Bad plan.

Social media has made the saying “six degrees of separation” very outdated.  We’re more closely connected than ever before and good social media etiquette needs to apply to the Christmas party just as it should to every other situation.  The Christmas party is a work function and as such, your employer's Social Media Policy still applies.  Here’s a quick list of things to bear in mind:

  • Whether at your firm’s Christmas party or sat at your desk, the same sexual harassment and bullying rules apply to inappropriate postings on social media platforms;
  • Protect your own and others privacy by not posting specific information;
  • It’s a party.  Only use your phone to order a cab to take you home; 
  • Don’t spend the night calling friends or texting.  Talk to your colleagues.  For most of the year you don’t really have much of an opportunity to catch up or get to know one another better;
  • Don’t post when you have been drinking;
  • Before posting, check your colleagues are happy for you to do so;  and
  • It’s still work time.  All the same rules of employment exist.

A post, a text, a tweet.  One dumb moment of smart phone madness could cost you dearly. 

Enjoy the party and leave your phone safely stashed away.

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