We are in the season of the Holiday Office Party so today I will highlight a few pointers from Holiday Party Conduct 101.

The stereotypical office party usually results in some individuals doing something stupid that they almost always regret .

So lets skip right to the point of this blog, the Do's and Do Not's of the Holiday Office Party

  • Etiquette dictates that unless you’re legitimately unavailable you should make an appearance, even if it’s only for 30 to 60 minutes, after all you don’t want to offend anyone.
  • I also would recommend the conservative drinking method, no one wants to see you at your worst and alcohol affects everyone differently, so unless you’re married to the boss, I would follow this rule.
  • Be careful what you say to others, many a sexual harassment complaint has been filed during office parties involving co-workers.
  • I always guard my spirit when it comes to the TMI rule; many times less is more, keeping the conversation pleasant and topical.
  • Work related discussions are alright as long as you don’t make it the whole conversation.
  • If the party is not a full meal and just finger food and drinks, I would also eat something before you arrive.
  • Many of these types of parties are held on the office property and are exclusive to the employees, so your spouse may not be there which often leads to temptation with certain types of people; it’s very easy for another co-worker to label you as a player if they think you’re flirting.
  • If you do happen to get caught up in the moment and have too much to drink, call a cab and get the hell out of there.

Office parties can be a lot of fun and most groups know and respect each other enough to avoid issues. Best Wishes for a great holiday and a prosperous new year, and hey, have a glass of spiked eggnog for me!