A holiday office party to remember

By: Nov 29, 2013
holiday office party

Everyone has colourful stories about an office party or two. Here are some tips to avoid being the subject of those stories.

The best advice is always, “Less is more.” Here are some other ideas to expand upon that. While they may not be watching you, be assured that your bosses will see you. Any inappropriate behaviour of any kind will be remembered.

Mix and Mingle
Holiday office parties are often the only place you’ll be able to meet your CEO face to face and engage him or her in conversation. This isn’t time to talk about business, but it is a great time to get in a little face time. It’s also a great opportunity to meet coworkers from other departments with whom you don’t have much contact. If someone you don’t know begins making small talk, be sure to be engaged and engaging. You never know who you might end up working with someday.

While this is a party, is remains a business function and should be treated as such. Anything that might be considered too casual or too revealing for work is also going to be considered that way when it comes to the holiday party. You don’t want to make a lasting impression in the wrong way. If you think it might be too sheer, too short, too sparkly or too anything, it probably is and should be saved for a social occasion.

Who’s Invited?
Most companies allow a spouse or significant other to accompany their employees to company parties, but others simply do not have the budget to do so. In addition, children are not often allowed, as office parties are not often geared to their needs or tastes. While this is a fun occasion, it is still office-sponsored. Be sure that whomever is accompanying you to the party is invited and follows the same rules you do. While they’re at that party, they will be a reflection of you in your coworkers’ and bosses’ eyes.

Several companies have a two-drink limit, or other limits set in place where alcohol is concerned. This is a measure to help prevent anyone from being harmed once behind the wheel, as well as to prevent them from harming anyone else. There are other reasons. People are likely to act very differently with a few drinks in their system than they might otherwise and it’s best to keep that behavior far away from work or any event that is related to it.

The same principle goes for food. There will likely be hors d'oeuvres served, but not necessarily a full meal. The food served should not be treated as a meal. If you’re still hungry after the event, you can always go for food afterward. You don’t want to give the impression that you overindulge in any way. Above all, have fun, but be sure to remain reserved and respectful. Your career may one day depend on it.