Survive your office holiday party

Written on Dec 14, 2015

It’s almost time for your company’s famous holiday party – and it seems like the perfect occasion to let loose with your coworkers after a long, hard year. However, be sure to proceed with caution. You can still be the life of the party without being the talk of the office the next morning. Here are some tips for keeping your professional reputation intact while enjoying some holiday cheer:  

  • Lay off the eggnog - It may be tempting to take advantage of the open bar, but do so in moderation. That martini might make it much easier to make those comments that you’re going to regret in the morning. Inebriation will not fare well in the eyes of your coworkers or employers. Don’t risk your job; keep your drinking to a minimum.

  • Dress for success - Flaunt your mind, not your body. Small get-togethers don’t require much beyond your usual business attire. For the larger-scale parties, it never fails to dress up. However, leave the club attire at home and think professional. You’ve worked hard to build your professional image and you don’t want to ruin that with a poor choice in attire. 

  • ‘Makin’ a list, checkin’ it twice’ - Think ahead of time and know who you want to sit and socialize with. Is there someone in the office you know who shares a common interest? Or do you want some one-on-one time with one of the partners or CEO? Get out of your comfort zone and introduce yourself. Make some friends with some coworkers in other departments - don’t stick with your office buddies all evening! 

  • Find out who’s invited - Some office parties are open to spouses and children while others are not. Be sure to clarify who is on the guest list so you don’t show up with any unwelcome attendees. Planning in advance could save you from a potentially embarrassing situation. 

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