The office Christmas party is the perfect opportunity to find out all you DIDN'T want to know about you colleagues.
The same ol’ characters come out to play at every festive do, but can you identify who is who.
According to research out of the U.K. there are 10 personality types at every bash, from the flirt to weeper to the limpet and peak-too-sooner.
Browns, a bar and brasserie chain, which commissioned the report argue every party will feature these archetypal characters - how many of them can you spot at your annual do – and are you one of them?
The top 10 characters of the Christmas party:
The Christmas Kisser: Keep clear of the mistletoe! This individual can’t resist sharing a slobbery or 10. Identifying characteristics of this individual include being in their late 30’s or early 40’s and ‘happily’ married. According to seven out of 10, the kisser is the biggest nuisance at the party.
The Peak-too-sooner: This over-enthusiastic partier spends the weeks leading up to the do hyping it up and raving how much fun it will be and their wild plans. The bash begins and a couple of hours later they’re the ones snoozing in the corner or catching an early taxi home.
The Flirt: This person locks onto a target then spends the evening getting close, making inappropriate comments and is even a bit handsy.
The Blabbermouth: They are that one person who has kept their opinions to themselves all year, but as the festive spirit takes over their lips become unsealed. Suddenly their true feelings come pouring out from their unhappiness at missing a promotion to revealing company secrets.
The Dark Horse: Day-to-day this person goes unnoticed in the office, but at the Christmas bash their inner outrageous self is unleashed. They can be found dancing on tables or helping themselves to colleagues’ drinks.
The Limpet: This one isn’t hard to spot, they’re the offices equivalent of the teacher’s pet – they will always be found stuck to the boss, laughing at his/her jokes, fawning over any business plan discussions and paying for the bosses drinks out of their own pocket.
The Weeper: Personal problems don’t get left at the door for this individual, instead they wear their heart on their sleeve and spend the evening telling anyone who will listen their ‘woe is me’ tale and leave behind a trail of tear-stained tissues.
The Dancer: This individual will own the dance floor, however the moves they bust out may not necessarily be from this decade.
The Organizer: They’ve organized the do with military precision, and if you have an issue with any of it, keep it to yourself as this person will soon be on your case.
The Houdini: They seem up for plenty of festive frolics in the preceding days to the annual do, but once the party is underway they’re hard to find having snuck off early while the workforce descends into full-party mode.