Holiday Office Party: The Dos & Don'ts

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Tis’ the season for holiday parties and events. Many companies show appreciation to their employees by hosting an office party. While business holiday events serve the purpose of allowing employees to kick back and relax, it is important to always remember these fun and simple guidelines.Dress The PartFollow the dress code outlined for a party. If it is cocktail attire then come dressed appropriately. 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. Don’t forget that even though this is a party, you still need to maintain a professional image. It is much harder to build up your reputation once some inappropriate action has taken place.Keep The Drinking At A MinimumEven though alcohol beverages are provided at the party, be aware of how much you drink. At the end of the day, you are at a party for… WORK. 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.Be Thankful Your company is not required to do anything during the holidays. Businesses give parties because they want to show their appreciation. As an employees, 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.Be PreparedHoliday 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. 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.Be PresentIf 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 everyday.Remembering these tips will ensure that you have a fun and disaster free event. 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.Happy holidays!

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