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The Do’s and Don’ts of Office Holiday Parties

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Office Holiday Parties

Sam Hawkins
By Sam Hawkins
December 15, 2016

T’is the season to have a good time, but t’is also important not to go overboard. Office holiday parties are a great way to let off seasonal steam, but they aren’t exactly an excuse to go all out on company capital.

Considering the occasion, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander: obvious work etiquette still applies. But when it comes to these annual events, there are particular rules of conduct. Here are the do’s and don’ts of office holiday parties.

Do: Dress up

Do: Dress up Office Holiday Parties

First and foremost: find out whether the event calls for formal wear, and then please, leave the nine to five uniform at home. We don’t need to see that same suit and tie you wear every day. Break out those adorned dress socks and get down to business.

Don’t: Forget that this is a company event

Don't: Forget that this is a company event Office Holiday Parties

But don’t take a dive into the deep end without considering the repercussions. It may be the holidays, but anything too out there could end up rubbing people the wrong way. If you have to wonder whether a piece of apparel is up to snuff, you might want to wear something else.

Do: Take advantage of your plus one

Do: Take advantage of your +1 Office Holiday Parties

It’s always nice to have a partner in crime, and with a close friend or spouse to work off of, you’ll give your colleagues a more complete picture of who you are as a person. Plus ones can help us feel comfortable in awkward situations, so take advantage where you can.

Don’t: Invite unruly individuals

Don't: Invite unruly individuals Office Holiday Parties

Think of your plus one as a representative while you’re away. If you’re busy in the bathroom or off grabbing drinks, will this person reflect poorly on you? If so, you may want to reconsider your company.

Do: Eat, drink and be merry.

Yes, there are certain hoops you have to jump through, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Leave the white collar worker at home and enjoy your night.

Don’t: Go overboard

Don't: Go overboard Office Holiday Parties

Careful with those rum and eggnogs: you don’t want to be that guy or gal who ends up on the business blooper reel. As a rule of thumb: check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Do: Take time to network

Do: Take time to network Office Holiday Parties

This is a great opportunity to look good in front of your coworkers. Shake hands, kiss babies, and go get to work. If you’re not so sure how to network, check out our handy guide.

Don’t: Get Cliquey

Don't: Get Cliquey Office Holiday Parties

Just because you have a core crew of work friends doesn’t mean you can’t branch out. Break the norm and make some new acquaintances. You’ll be glad you did.

Do: Eat well

Do: Eat up Office Holiday Parties

Chances are your company will have set up a pretty sweet spread, maybe even delivered by Foodee.  Get in there while the food is hot.

Don’t: Skip out on the Party

Don't: Skip out on the Party Office Holiday Parties

If it isn’t obvious already, optics have impact, so even if you can only manage a couple hours, you should make a point to attend.

Photos: Mira BozhkoGili BenitaSnapwireClem Onojeghuo, Gonzalo Arnaiz, Steiner La Engeland, Dave Lastovskiy, Tim Gouw, WikiAdam JaimeCrew,
Sam Hawkins

About Sam

Sam Hawkins is a Freelance Content Writer. Find more of his work at samhawkins.ca.

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