Office holiday parties can be a great time for employees to kick back, unwind with one another, reminisce about the previous year, and celebrate the accomplishments they achieved.
In order to not only make the most of this year’s office holiday party, you need to understand some of the most basic, and important, rules there are.
Most employers, manager, and supervisors will usually state that there’s no requirement to attend these festivities, it’s actually a way to not only show you’re a team player, but that you care about the company as well. People who attend usually benefit from it.
Don’t go hungry.
Sure, there’s going to be some great catering at this office holiday party, but that doesn’t mean your attention should be devoted to the buffet all night. This is an opportunity to mix, mingle, and share your thoughts. It’s a time for people to know the ‘you’ beyond the office. Don’t waste that opportunity just stuffing your face the entire time.
If you’re allowed to bring someone you know, think before you ask.
Your guest will be a direct reflection of you. If they get drunk, act belligerent or rude, or embarrass you, it will reflect on you. You might not think that’s fair, but remember … you brought that person.
Try not to talk about business the whole time.
Yes, you have that in common with most people, but think about things to talk about besides work. Oh yeah, try to avoid those conversations about the weather, too.
Skip the alcohol.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re cool under pressure and avoid getting hammered most of the time. When you’re at an office party, you may be nervous. You may drink a bit too much, and you just might do or say something you regret. Just avoid the drinking altogether.
You can certainly let your hair down a bit at an office party, but avoid overly costumey attire and dressing provocatively. These are people you’ll have to face in a couple of days again.
Stretch your networks.
Depending on the size of the company, there may be a lot of people you don’t know. You can spend time with those you know, but stretch a bit, meet new people, and let them all see how smart, charming, funny, and kind you are. It can help you later on.
Steer clear of the political topics.
Politics are hot button topics and they can get people riled up. At any office party, stay away from these topics altogether. You’ll be grateful that you did. Even if you hear someone bandying on about something, claiming to know something opposite of what you ‘know,’ just let it go.
Send a ‘thank you.’
Find out who organized the event and send them a thank you note afterward. It will be greatly appreciated and you’ll be making your subtle mark on the company.
These rules will help you stay in the good graces of your boss at your next holiday party.
Written by G. T. Hedlund