In our last blog post we shared five employer tips for planning holiday parties. But what if you’re an employee and don’t need to worry about party planning? It’s still important to remember that, even though you can have fun, you don’t want to get too comfortable at a company event. Here are five tips for enjoying the party without letting yourself get a little too loose:
- Watch your alcohol intake. Although it may be appropriate to have a drink or two at a holiday party, it’s important to maintain control and stop yourself from getting drunk. Even if you work in a casual office environment, impaired judgment can lead to embarrassing mistakes.
- Don’t park at the buffet table. You don’t want to give the impression you’re there for the food as opposed to mingling with your coworkers. Yes, feel free to swing by and enjoy a plate of food, but keep moving and focus on talking to other employees instead of what delicious item is coming out of the kitchen.
- Avoid business discussions. A little bit of work chit-chat is to be expected, but move onto other topics instead of going into detail about past meetings, approaching deadlines and projects you’re working on. If you’re not sure what to talk about, ask your coworkers how they like to celebrate the holiday season or what plans they have for the New Year.
- Dress appropriately. Even though it’s a party, you don’t want to dress inappropriately. Keep the jeans at home and make sure your top isn’t too low cut. A good way to figure out what to wear is to think about your office’s dress code and then make it a little more fun by losing the tie or adding a fun necklace.
- Put the phone down. Make sure you’re actually spending time with the people you’re with by putting your phone away. If you do need to make a call or even send a quick text, excuse yourself from the room, do what you need to do and then come back to the party quickly and join in the conversation.
As you think about upcoming holiday parties, does any additional advice come to mind? Have you seen others make mistakes that you’ve been able to learn from?
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