Get in a Fight
You wouldn’t think this would need to be said. Unfortunately, it does.
The workplace can be a competitive, cutthroat, high-tension environment, and coworkers may not always like one another. That’s okay—they don’t have to. They just have to be able to work together.
The professional environment, most of the time, keeps people acting professionally, and encourages putting away personal feelings for the good of the company.
But all that changes at informal events.
At the office Christmas party, workers may feel relaxed and uninhibited enough to release those tensions in decidedly unhelpful ways.
If you have a problem with a coworker—or, even worse, a manager—this is not a safe time to vent, verbally or physically. It’s most certainly not an appropriate place to become aggressive.
But, when people let their guards down, the unexpected can happen. If you find yourself on the receiving end of Christmas party aggression, try to deescalate the situation. Let someone know what’s going on, and get away from the aggressor. Your job may be at stake.
And if you’re the one with the grudge? Save it for the punching bag when you get home. Venting grievances at what is supposed to be a celebration isn’t wise, and could end your career.