Staff Writer G. White
Here are some basic rules and guidelines:
- Do remember that although office parties are intended as social events to reward employees and raise morale, they are still work related events.
- Don’t pass up an invitation to an office party (unless you have a very good excuse). Sometimes, not attending the party could hurt your reputation or chance for advancement. And remember, spend at least 30 minutes for appearances.
- Do conduct yourself professionally at all times. Remember, It’s still a company function, so proper etiquette and decorum matter.
- Don’t bring the party lampshade, gag gifts for the boss, or any other crazy stuff you might do at a personal holiday party.
- Do enjoy yourself at the party. Your employers has spent big bucks to reward their employees.
- Don’t pull the nightclub attire from your closet for the event. Ask if the party is formal or casual.
- Do keep your hands to yourself. Never flirt, and always avoid any other inappropriate behavior.
- Do keep all conversations positive and upbeat. Don’t spend the evening complaining, bragging, correcting, whining, or ridiculing.
- Don’t monopolize conversations. And don’t even think about gossiping about others.
- Do keep one hand free during the night so that you can offer handshakes to people as they come by.
- Don’t drink excessively and don’t pig-out on the food either. Moderation is key.
A holiday party is a great event to begin building or strengthening business relationships, so do introduce yourself and build your network.