Company holiday parties are a time to get into the spirit of the season with your colleagues; however they can be tough to navigate if you’re not up to speed on a few common sense etiquette rules.
Below are Regan’s top ten tips for enjoying the festivities while avoiding faux pas and embarrassment at all cost.
1. Don’t be too comfortable. While out-of-the-office settings are more relaxed, remember that you’re surrounded by your peers and more importantly, senior executives to whom you report. Be friendly to everyone around you, but don’t forget who signs your paycheck every week.
2. Accept the invitation. While your best friend’s ugly Christmas sweater party might seem like the more attractive offer, you’re obligated to make a polite, albeit brief appearance. Being a no-show is not an option, unless grandma really did get run-over by a reindeer.
3. One is the loneliest number, but unless the invitation was extended to you and a guest – this act is a solo performance.
4. Be festive, not offensive, and clarify the dress code in advance. Sure, show off your after work duds – but don’t totally unleash your personal style preferences. Keep it professional, yet comfortable, and you won’t go wrong.
5. Know your limit. While it’s likely your favorite libation will be available in large quantity (for free), don’t be greedy by asking for doubles or more than one drink at a time. More importantly – tapping out after two, is always a best bet.
6. Act your age. That inappropriate hand-gesture you made in front of your closest cubicle comrade was absolutely captured by Suzie from accounting – and she’s not afraid to tag you.
7. Leave the flashing to the camera. Does that really need to be explained?
8. Be merry. Now is not the time to talk about politics, sex, or religion. Whether it’s Obamacare , Benghazi, gun control, or global warming – avoid hot button issues that could lead to confrontation.
9. Avoid the office gossiper at all cost; you’ll be guilty by association.
10. Work it, in a good way. Chat with coworkers that you don’t interact with on a day to day basis. If your employer has invited business associates and influential guests, this is a prime opportunity to participate in unsolicited networking.
– Team Joanna