Tis’ the season for holiday parties and events. While business holiday events serve the purpose of allowing employees to kick back and relax don’t forget that you still need to maintain a professional image. It is much harder to build up your reputation once some inappropriate action has taken place. Remembering these tips will ensure that you have a fun and disaster free event.
Drinking Too Much At the end of the day, you are at a party for… WORK. Even though alcohol beverages are provided at the party, be aware of how much you drink. If someone gets drunk and acts ridiculous, you can bet that everyone will still be talking about it the first day back in the office after the New Year.
Thinking You Can Let Loose Your boss and other employees are still watching you. You don’t want to be the person who gets fired the day after your holiday party because you said or did something you regret
Not Showing Up If your company is hosting a holiday event, attend and show your appreciation. You never know what opportunities or new friends you may make at the party unless you participate. Company social events will also give you additional information about the people that you work with every day.
Voicing Your Opinion About Company Issues Keep the conversation topics about positive subjects. Don’t discuss other employees or problems you have with company policy. Avoid conversations that focus heavily on business, especially if clients are in attendance.
Wearing Inappropriate Attire Office parties are not the place to bring out your most revealing dress or blouse. Vice versa, if there is a theme to your office party then stay festive and keep to that theme – – but don’t overdo it. Follow the dress code outlined for a party. If it is cocktail attire then come dressed appropriately.
Being Ungrateful Yes, you have worked a long day and now you are suppose to go mingle with all your colleagues. It can be exhausting, but remember, your company is not required to do anything during the holidays. Businesses give parties because they want to show their appreciation, you in return should be happy that your company is being so generous.
Unprepared to Network If you were planning to only mingle with your small office circle, think again. Holiday events are a great opportunity to network and meet new colleagues, especially if you work for a large corporation. Before you attend the event, think about your ten questions that you can use as conversation starters when meeting new people. It is always better to be prepared than to have nothing to say.
Not Saying Thank you to the Host As an employee, don’t forget to show your appreciation to the management and party planning committee. Thank people for hosting the occasion and providing food and drinks for everyone.
Take time to reflect and enjoy this season. Use your office party to spread holiday cheer amongst fellow employees and don’t forget to be thankful for your job and all the blessings that you have.