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The Do’s and Don’ts of Office Holiday Party Behavior

Question:

How should you behave at the office Holiday Party?

Answer:

Even though it is a “party” atmosphere, office holiday parties have the ability to make or break an individual’s career. A little bit of inappropriate behavior at a party can stay in the minds of your coworkers for your entire career so be sure to remember this is a work function, not a party.Dos & Don’ts include:

  • Do attend and be social. The company has decided to invest money to have a party and the expectation is for participation. Be friendly and mingle and try to stay for at least 50% of the scheduled party time.
  • Don’t overstay your welcome. Keep in mind the party hours – you don’t want to be the first to arrive and last to leave.
  • Do act professionally. Yes, you can be social and more relaxed than in the workplace, however, this is not the time to ask inappropriate questions, flirt with the boss (or anyone else for that matter), use foul language or tell off color jokes.
  • Don’t wear provocative clothing. Feel free to wear the sequins, an ugly sweater, or even a reindeer hat, just keep it all covered.
  • Do remember people are watching you. Even though you feel like you are only interacting with a small group of “friends”, many others are observing your behavior, especially if it becomes inappropriate.
  • Don’t drink too much. Be socially responsible when drinking at an office party. Even if you can “handle” more drinks than most, keep it to a minimum.
  • Do listen more than you talk and avoid political, religious, or other controversial subjects.

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