’Tis the season for cookie exchanges, holiday parties and after-work events with co-workers, allowing team members to interact in a social setting other than a cube, break room or the office cafeteria.
These festive get-togethers can foster a sense of camaraderie and light-heartedness among work groups, making it easy to let your professional work image fade for an evening and potentially taint your image as a respectable employee.
Mark-642218 recently began a discussion in the Tobias and Sara Room on CatholicMatch asking fellow members about their experiences with holiday work parties. The feedback ranged from the tame to the unbelievable, suggesting that you may be surprised by how your upcoming holiday work function unfolds. Company-sponsored or not, it’s important to remember these simple rules:
1. Watch your alcohol intake
Company parties are notorious for offering open bars and endless glasses of wine. Take small sips and be sure to enjoy a few hors d’oeuvres to keep yourself level-headed.
2. Mingle with everyone
This is your opportunity to socialize with members of your company who you may not see on a regular basis. Venture outside your core group of work friends to network with others around you.
3. Use your manners
You know that etiquette class you took in college? Now is the time to put that knowledge into action – use the correct silverware, watch your serving size and don’t forget about your napkin.
4. Dress for the occasion
Is the holiday party in a co-worker’s living room or a swanky downtown hotel? If you’re new to the office, ask to see pictures from last year’s event or ask a co-worker for the standard dress code to ensure you fit the setting. As always, wear clothing that portrays a classy, put-together image.
5. Relax and have fun
All work and no play leaves any employee drained. Enjoy your time outside of the office with your co-workers and share your love for the Christmas season with those around you.
And remember, what happens at the office holiday party will undoubtedly find its way into water cooler conversation Monday morning.