The time for year-end holiday celebrations has arrived.
Having heard of (and witnessed) a number of employee flameouts at past festivities, I thought this would be a good time to restate the fundamentals of office party etiquette.
The company holiday party is a time to celebrate, but it’s also a business function and it pays to keep that in mind. Here are a few tips for making sure that this year’s holiday party brings only good things your way.
- Drink alcohol in moderation (or not at all if you’re driving).
Alcohol is the great “loosener:” it loosens inhibitions, tongues, that top button on your blouse—you’d be amazed at the trouble a little alcohol can cause. And while your co-workers may be your friends, they’re still co-workers and may never have seen you without those inhibitions. Not to mention the fact that your boss will likely get a glimpse of a whole new you, if you have a few too many.
- Show up and stick around
If you plan on doing a drive-by (i.e. arrive about an hour late, do the rounds making sure to talk to the boss and a few key colleagues, and ...