The holiday season is in full swing and the office parties are plenty. Here are some Do's and Dont's for this holiday season to ensure that you have wonderful time and are not the target of office chatter.
No Twerking Allowed!- Last holiday season there was a situation that went viral when an office manager went rogue and over did it on the dancefloor. You want to keep your reputation intact, so save the suggestive dancing for the night clubs.
No Inappropriate Conversations- This is NOT the time to air “dirty office laundry” or ask for a raise, since you are in the presence of upper management that you would not typically have access to. Keep the conversations neutral and remember that politics, religion, and money should not be discussed at all in this setting.
Don’t Over Do The Gift-Giving- Do not try to outdo your coworkers with gift giving or give elaborate gifts in hopes of some type of workplace compensation. Follow the guidelines given from the organizer in regards to gift giving.
Don’t Dress Too Provocatively- The rule of thumb is if you have to question it, do not wear it. You will never live it down. Let’s save the short bodycon dress or the down-to-there button down shirt for the club scene. If you are unsure of the dress code, ask!
Don’t Be A Wallflower - Take advantage of the opportunity to let others get to know you outside of the standard work environment. You might make a new friend! Standing in the corner and being standoff-ish is not the way to engage with others at this work event.
Please RSVP- The organizer of the event is counting on you, literally. They need to know who all is attending for accurate orders for food, drinks, and favors. RSVPing takes less than 2 minutes. Just do it.
Make sure you attend- As much as you probably do not want to spend extra time with coworkers- make an appearance! The organizer may say this is an optional event, however it is not. Your absence will absolutely be noticed.
Be Present And In The Moment- It is perfectly fine to document the occasion with photos and videos however, hold off on posting to social media until the event has ended.
Be Mindful of Arrival/Exit Times- Early arrivals and late departures can upset the flow of the organizers. Generally speaking show up to the event 5-10 minutes after the posted the posted time and as far as leaving goes, go with the flow. If you notice other people wrapping it up, follow suit.
Enjoy A Holiday Drink- It is socially acceptable to enjoy a drink or two at your holiday office party. The key word there is TWO. Do not exceed two drinks during the holiday office party. Everyone may be fully aware that you are an expert at the keg-stand, but this is not the place to show your tolerance for alcohol. Enjoy yourself and avoid being the hot topic on Monday morning.
Enjoy your holiday season!