Office Holiday Party Etiquette

In case you missed my segment about office party etiquette on Fox 45 this morning, here is a re-cap of holiday party do’s and don’ts.

1. Don’t pass up the invitation. Not everyone is comfortable attending parties, but your employer arranged this party to reward you for your hard work. Skipping it would be noticed and inconsiderate. Consider the party an extension of your business day.

2. Do conduct yourself professionally. Someone is always watching. Conducting yourself in a professional manner could help you get your next promotion.

3. Do dress professionally. Leave the tight, skimpy, and flashy clothing for the nightclubs. If you have to question yourself about your choice of dress, you probably shouldn’t wear it.

4. Don’t talk about business. This is a time to relax and build relationships with your co-workers. Discussing too much business might get you labeled as a bore.

5. Don’t flirt and keep your hands to yourself.

6. Don’t monopolize conversations talking about yourself. The best way to handle socializing at a party is to ask people about themselves.

7. Do avoid inappropriate humor. What you consider funny may be offensive to others. Leave the whoopee cushion and funny hats at home.

8. No office gossip. It is sure to get back to the office by Monday morning.

9. Avoid loud and giddy behavior. You don’t want to be remembered as the life of the party.

10. Do keep your right hand free and dry for shaking hands.

11. Do introduce your spouse or guest and include them in the conversation.

12. Don’t forget to network. This is the perfect opportunity to meet upper level executives you may not interact with on a daily basis.

13. Do thank the person/people responsible for planning the party. They put a great deal of time and effort into the party and would welcome your words of appreciation. Better yet, send a handwritten thank you note.

14. Don’t drink and drive. Call a cab for yourself or others if you think there has been too much alcohol consumed.

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