Work Christmas Parties – Do’s and Don’ts

Office Xmas Party DrunkFor those who have recently attended their work Christmas Party, let’s hope you followed some of the tips below.  For those who have yet to attend their party..take on board these helpful hints from an article by ‘The Fiscal Times’ to ensure you stay in the good books…and employed 😉

Extend Yourself. The office holiday party is usually attended by company bigwigs who relish the opportunity to mingle with employees they don’t get to see regularly. In this “casual, festive and relaxed environment, it’s the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to the CEO or other top leaders,” advises Williams. “You see your closest colleagues every day – now is the time to expand your reach a little and get out of your comfort zone.”

Here’s what to say: “Excuse me, Mr. Smith. I’m John Doe and I work in the TK department. I just want to thank you for (choose one: the party, your support, your encouragement, etc.) and wish you a happy holiday.”

Study the Guest List Before You Arrive. “Need some conversation starters? A few days before the party, study some of the attendees’ LinkedIn profiles and discover what you might have in common,” says Williams. Arming yourself with a little information is smart and proactive.

Go Lightly on the Booze. What seems obvious isn’t always – you don’t want to be embarrassed later. “Have just one glass of wine,” advises Williams – not three. Have one glass of punch, not four or five. Remember why you’re there – and save any overindulging for personal occasions away from the work setting.

Don’t Talk Shop All Night Long. It’s a huge bore – and terrifically inappropriate. “Don’t talk about things like promotions, meetings or client relationships,” advises Williams. “Instead, ask your boss how her tennis or golf game is going. Find things in common. Try deepening and strengthening your work relationships.” Above all, she says, listen closely. “The goal is to make meaningful connections. Career success is all about relationships.”

Don’t Post Off-Color Updates on Social Media. And for that matter, don’t be glued to your smartphone. “If you’re busy tweeting or taking party pictures, you’re not interacting with the people around you,” says Williams. “Instead, bring your best, most sociable self.”

Don’t Overindulge at the Buffet. “Remember that the workplace holiday party is definitely not an ‘all you can eat’ event,” says Williams.

Don’t Tell Off-Color Jokes or Stories. Your best friend may love ‘em – but no one at work wants to hear your off-color jokes. More importantly – you could be subjecting yourself to a sexual harassment charge.

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