Office Party Do’s and Don’ts

With the holiday season upon us, we’d like to share a few suggestions.

#10 DO read the invitation before the day of the party. Make sure you read the invitation fully so you know what to expect and how to prepare. The venue and type of event is a large indicator of the dress code. Moreover, if your event is a dinner or cocktail party, make sure you take the time to think of some conversation topics if small-talk is something that makes you uncomfortable.

#9 DO show up.  If your office takes the time to put together an office party or outing, think of attendance as closer to mandatory, than optional.  Put on that holiday sweater (if the dress code is casual) and get to the party with your co-workers and boss.  Be sure to say hello to the boss.

#8 DON’T drink too much.  An open bar has been the demise of more than one up-and-comer in the office.  Don’t let that be you.  Be sure to eat something at the party and limit yourself to just one or two drinks. Don’t take the risk of saying or doing something that could jeopardize your reputation.

#7 DO arrive on time and stay an appropriate amount of time.  Respect the host and attendees by arriving on time and staying through the event.

#6 DO participate in activities. If there are games or activities, participate and with genuine enthusiasm. This is a chance to have fun and take part in team building. You won’t be the only one who is maybe stepping outside of their comfort zone.

#5 DON’T take pictures without obvious permission from your co-workers.  Taking pictures without permission is rude and may cause anxiety for your colleagues; especially if your event includes alcohol.

#4 DON’T wear that dress which might be a little too tight, bright, or a little too revealing.  Classy and conservative is a better plan with co-workers.  Remember, you’ll see these folks maybe as early as the next day.  And the day after…

#3 DO bring a hostess gift (if at someone’s house) and send a thank you note or email to the host or party planners. You can be sure that a lot of time and effort went into the event planning. Don’t forget to show your appreciation to the planners for all their hard work.

#2 DO have fun!

#1 DO call a cab if there is any question about your ability to drive.


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