It’s Christmas, which means that the most you should be doing with your days is eating a lot of chocolate and watching a lot of Christmas movies. However, if you’re on the hunt for some career advice over the Christmas period, Christmas movies might not be the best place to get that. Check out some of the career mistakes your favourite characters in festive films have made:

Not reading the contract

When Scott Calvin pulls on the red suit on Christmas Eve after Santa falls off his roof, he doesn’t realise that he’s agreeing to be the new Santa Claus. When you’re signing a contract for a new job, you need to make sure you’ve read all the small print and double checked what all the per annum/pro rata-type phrases mean. You don’t want to be in a situation a few months down the line where you realise that there’s an error on your contract and it causes a problem. If you’re not sure about anything, double check with someone else – parents can be great with this kind of thing because they’ve probably experienced it already, or the Citizen’s Advice Bureau have some very useful advice on all things employment related.

Getting drunk at work

Buddy the elf confuses whiskey for coffee syrup and gets really drunk at work and ends up insulting a really important author who’s working with his dad. Don’t do the same thing. Yes, it’s Christmas. And yes, there might be a cheeky bottle of Prosecco in the office, or a few beers. But that’s not an excuse to get completely off your face. Have a drink or two. But always make sure it’s not going to compromise your standard of work or any of your relationships with your colleagues.

Swearing at your boss

Natalie is on her first day as the Prime Minister’s tea girl and manages to swear multiple times at her new boss. Admittedly, it doesn’t have too much of a negative effect on her relationship with her boss. But in most situations repeatedly swearing at a boss on your first day of a new job probably wouldn’t have such a charming effect. And it could start your career off on the wrong foot. And anyway, no one wants to be known as the member of the team who needs to wash their mouth out.

Being a workaholic

Scrooge is such a workaholic and so obsessed with money that he’s completely anti-Christmas. No one wants to be a Scrooge. Yes, having a job is great and earning money is brilliant. But don’t forget that it’s important to take some time off now and then. If you try to work through the holidays you’ll only end up burning out and you won’t be effective in what you’re doing. Take some time off, chill out, spend some time with friends and family and go back to work in January refreshed and ready to hit a new year.

Fighting other people to get ahead

In a number of scenes we watch Arnie fight numerous other Christmas Eve shoppers to get one of the last few Turboman dolls for his son for Christmas. While fighting and scrapping with other shoppers does eventually work for Arnie (sorry, SPOILERS!), it won’t work as well in your career. Fighting other people to get ahead at work will most likely just leave you pretty unpopular in work. It’s much better to get ahead at work by networking and impressing people and proving that you should get the job, or the promotion, simply because you’re the best person for it.

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