Think the office holiday party is a time to let your hair
down and blow off some steam? Think again. It's called an "office" party for a
reason: the end-of-the year holiday party is an extension of work and attendees
should conduct themselves accordingly.
The first rule of thumb: watch your alcohol consumption. The
odds of winding up with a lampshade on your head, or committing other
embarrassing lapses in judgment, are greatly decreased if you practice
moderation or skip the bar altogether.
Parties generally call for festive attire but leave
revealing looks for off-hours. Punch up your regular office apparel with bright
colors or party fabrics such as sequins and velvet, but keep covered up.
Likewise, keep party chit chat professional. You don't need
to break out power point presentations but you do want to avoid revealing too
much personal information or appear to be engaging in flirty banter with your
colleagues. Save your witty one-liners for close friends and keep your office
colleagues at a warm distance.
Finally, understand that the office party is a chance for
you to shine (and we don't mean on the dance floor). Senior level staff are
often required to interact with clients or represent the company. Navigating social
situations with polish and professionalism will get you noticed for the right
For more dos and don'ts, Forbes.com has an instructive gallery
of pictures: How Not To Behave At The Office Party.
Do you have any
office party tips to share? Post your thoughts here or at the Beyond Folders Facebook page.
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