Skip to main content

17 tips for surviving your office holiday party

Posted December 5, 2018 6:49 PM
17 tips for surviving your office holiday party

Santa party drinking holiday booze

  • If you plan to attend an office holiday party this year, keep in mind that it's still a work event.
  • One of the biggest mistakes you can make is drinking too much.
  • You should also avoid too much business talk. 

'Tis the season — for your office's annual holiday party.

Here's hoping your bash is merry and bright. But, before you put on your Santa hat and go to town, just remember these kinds of wintery events are inherently risky. Mixing booze, coworkers, and the stress of the holiday season can be truly volatile.

So, take steps to avoid humiliating yourself at this year's festivities. The night could be fun ... or it could mutate into an evening of drunken disaster.

It all depends on your attitude.

Here are 17 tips to make sure your office holiday party is a definitive success.

Show up

To show that you're committed to the company, make sure you show up for at least 30 minutes. Always assume company gatherings are "must attend" events.

"If you never show up at company events, you lose brownie points," Karen Wickre, author of the recently published "Taking the Work Out of Networking: An Introvert's Guide to Making Connections That Count," previously told Business Insider.

Read more: Even if you're dreading your office holiday party, you still have to go. Here's your survival guide

But don't show up perfectly on time

Even if the party takes place at the office, Drew Magary at GQ advises you go home after work, then come back.

If you can't do that, just continue working until you see that 75% of your colleagues have turned on their holiday mode. Magary wrote: "You know who shows up on time? That one creepy lady who works in human resources who you never talk to. Now it's just you two, standing there while the DJ spins 'Gangnam Style.'"

Ask about the dress code ahead of time

You need to find out what the dress code is and stick to it, career coach Barbara Pachter previously told Business Insider.

Pachter, the author of "The Essentials of Business Etiquette," said you don't want people talking about what you wore the day or night after the party. Whatever you wear, remember that it's still a business event.

See the rest of the story at Business Insider

Credit: Stephanie Keith / Stringer / Getty Images


Tags: Technology, Innovation, Trending
File Under: Technology
comments powered by Disqus