Behaviors to Have at a Holiday Work Party
Holiday work parties can be a lot of fun, but they can also be tricky to navigate. It is important not to be fooled by the presence of alcohol and a festive atmosphere into thinking this is different from any other work event. The tips below should help.
Some people may be tempted to duck out on the holiday party. They might be new and not know many people or have been at the company for a long time and see it as a tedious obligation. Whatever the reason, it’s best to overcome those objections and consider the work party a good opportunity for networking and reinforcing relationships with coworkers.
After showing up, this is probably the second most important rule about holiday work parties. Too much alcohol can lead to a host of other offenses ranging from the harmless but embarrassing to actions that can get a person fired such as making sexually provocative comments to coworkers. Gossiping about others and making inappropriate jokes are both more likely to happen while under the influence and should be avoided altogether.
Talk to People
It can be tempting to huddle with the usual group of friends and colleagues, but this is a great time to get to know other people. If it’s the type of holiday party that people bring families to, being welcoming to others’ partners and children can go a long way to creating a sense of goodwill. Talking to people from other departments can make working with them easier during the rest of the year.
If there is a dress code, it should be followed. Otherwise, it’s fine to shed business clothes in favor of party gear, but the clothes should still not be overly provocative or skimpy.
Avoid the Phone
This removes the temptation for people of texting or emailing when they should be mingling as well as that of posting photos that coworkers might not appreciate the following day. In fact, if photos are taken, permission should be sought before putting them on social media. Overall, the focus needs to be on people and not technology.
The best single guideline to follow for office parties is to approach them as those they are simply another facet of the workplace. This should help people avoid the most inappropriate behavior and instead focus on networking in a relaxed environment.