Tis the season for holiday parties! More etiquette is required for the office party but some rules pertain to parties in general.
If attending an office party:
· Never refuse an office party invitation unless it cannot possibly be avoided. This is a great opportunity to meet and greet people in the company who can influence your career. Make this an opportunity to build and strengthen business relationships.
· This is a company function so be professional. Whether you are aware or not your behavior is being observed.
· Ask about the dress code if you are not sure. Company parties may be casual or formal. Find out ahead of time so your attire is appropriate.
· Do not drink excessively! This is a company function and a good time to network. You can always tie one on after the party and at a different venue.
· Keep all conversations upbeat and not all about work. It’s good practice to inquire about others as opposed to talking about yourself. Have questions prepared in advance if you don’t consider yourself to be a social person.
· Thank the co-workers who were helpful throughout the year. Acknowledging others for a job well done makes others feel appreciated and helpful to your image as well.
· Different ethnicities and religions celebrate different holidays. Instead of wishing all a ‘Merry Christmas’ try ‘Happy Holidays’.
· If exchanging gifts among co-workers, make sure it is appropriate. Gag gifts can be exchanged at another time.
· Have a designated driver available if you do toss back a couple of adult beverages. You may also want to inquire if a car or cab service will be offered. Do this ahead of time!
· Remember to thank your employer and event coordinator for their thoughtfulness and hard work. A handwritten thank you note will also be much appreciated.
Season’s greetings to all..have fun, be safe and be kind!