07.12
2018

Office Holiday Party Etiquette 101

The year’s end is nigh, and you know what that means, right? Of course, there are last-minute year-end goals, checking the numbers, meeting quotas, and all the stuff that matters the most when it comes to running a successful business. But there’s one particular event that everyone, no matter what position you’re in, looks forward to the most.

The company holiday party!

But when it comes to whooping it up at the year-end shindig, there is — or rather, there should be — a limitation to the amount of said whooping. You may be celebrating off hours, but at the end of the day, you are still at a work function. That being said, we wanted to present a few simple rules that everyone should keep in mind during the holiday season.

What (Not) to Wear
The office holiday party is the perfect excuse for you to get all gussied up in your Sunday best. Even if you work in the most casual office in the country, leave the t-shirt and jeans at home and pull out all the stops. You’ll make a memorable statement and a lasting impression … plus it’s just fun to dress to the nines every now and then.

Be a Social Butterfly
Do you find yourself working with the same small group of people and therefore always socializing with them? Try to branch out and mingle with colleagues from other departments. You’re all integral parts of a well-oiled machine, helping to keep the company running. Get to know each other a little better. This type of interpersonal communication can really help develop better interactions in a professional setting down the road.

Eat, Drink, and Be … Wary
More often than not, libations will be flowing at your company party. Whether there are simply glasses of wine circulating or a full bar scenario, be sure to know your limit. The idea is to have a good time, and that likely doesn’t include saying (or doing) something you’ll later regret. You may not remember it, but everyone else will.

Mind Your Conversations
In the same vein as the previous, don’t forget that, while everyone here may be cutting loose, it’s still a work event. Avoid uncomfortable/wholly unprofessional topics of conversation and think twice about overly negative comments. When in doubt, rely on the same style banter you would while on the clock.

Choose Guests Wisely
You know your friends better than anyone else at the party. If you’re lucky enough to be able to bring a plus-one, make sure you know them well enough to know how they’ll behave. Whether or not you think it’s fair, their actions at the party directly reflect on you. Bring someone you’d feel comfortable leaving on their own for a few minutes if you have to excuse yourself at any point.

Salutations
You wouldn’t go to a party at a friend’s house without talking to your friend at some point, right? Just the same, take a few minutes to say hello to, and thank, the host of your holiday party: most likely the company’s owner. It’s another way to make a good impression and to just really show some genuine appreciation for them being gracious enough to put together a fun end-of-year gathering.

These aren’t tough — or even stringent — rules to follow, but they help to make sure everyone enjoys their holiday celebration, while still being able to look forward to a pleasant Monday morning at the office.

Happy holidays from Actsoft!

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