The purpose of an office party is to have fun.  So enjoy yourself, but remember, it’s still an office party.

 

Here are a few tips to keep in mind so that your reputation as a skilled professional impresses your colleagues and bosses.

 

Clothing Counts

 

Even though it’s a party, remember that your choice of clothing should be suitable for a normal work setting.

 

Women:  Avoid tight-fitting clothing, short skirts, and low-cut tops.

 

Men:  Don’t wear jeans with holes in them.  Don’t unbutton your shirts more than one or two buttons.  Shave:  Don’t arrive with a 5 o’clock stubble.

 

If the party is held “off site”, you can be more festive, however, it still needs to be appropriate. 

 

This goes for dates and significant others that you bring. It is still a business event.  You are still being judged by the company you keep.

 

Grooming Guidelines

 

The rules of proper grooming also apply when attending a holiday party at work.  Sure, you can “let your hair down” a bit and relax.  But now is not the time to experiment with a drastic new “do”.  Go easy with perfume and aftershave.

 

Don’t feed the Rumor Mill: If there is dancing – be sure to mix.  Don’t spend all of your time with one person – it’s the best way to avoid office gossip the next day.

 

Watch what you Drink: No one likes a drunk – and getting intoxicated with coworkers, and possibly with your boss around, is not a good idea.  This also goes for the guest that you bring to the party.  If you don’t drink, but the boss wants to raise a toast,  grab a glass of ginger ale.

 

Work can Wait: Unless it absolutely can’t wait until the next business day, don’t talk about work issues during a holiday office party.

 

Remember, this is a time to relax and have fun – not conduct business.  Sometimes, however, the boss may have a brief agenda before launching into the festivities.  Go with the flow.

 

Remember your Manners  and Common Sense:  Hanging mistletoe doesn’t give you permission to grab people standing under it and to kiss them.

 

Distributing Office Gifts: If you are the boss or upper management, the office holiday party is a good time to give holiday gifts to employees.

 

Just remember:  If you want to recognize a specific employee with a specific gift, be discreet.  The same applies for gifts exchanged between coworkers.  This will avoid jealousy issues with those who may feel short changed.

 

It is a party:  Relax, have fun, and make a positive IMPACT!  Your behavior and appearance with be remembered and rewarded.

 

 

Make an IMPACT!

 

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