If there is one thing you should not miss in your life, it's your office holiday party. Showing up at the party does not only give you the opportunity to mingle with your co-workers during non-office hours; it is also a good way of showing your commitment and loyalty to your company.
Yet traditional as it is, office holiday parties can mean hours of drudgery and doom to you. One reason may be that you can't imagine socially interacting with people you work with everyday because these people are the same people you complain about each day. You know how co-workers can develop animosity over time especially when conflicting ideas arise at work, right? Hence, the office holiday party is one gathering you may not eagerly look forward to.
You will, however, be able to survive the office holiday party, if you consider the following do's and don'ts.
- Wear proper attire. Just because it is a party does not mean you can dress like you are going to a ball or a nightclub. Remember, the occasion is still part of your work though you don't necessarily work during the party. Therefore if you are a woman, you may wear your favorite black cocktail dress, but wear one that is not too revealing. If you are a man, a nice jacket and decent slacks will do while coat and tie is most acceptable.
- Eat before going to the party. Eat a slice of pizza or some crackers to fill your stomach. This will prevent you from getting embarrassingly drunk since the filler food you take will cushion the impact of alcohol in your system.
- Have a drink, but not too much. Avoid drinking too much alcohol as you will run the risk of saying things you might regret afterwards. Alcohol loosens your speech and lessens your inhibitions. Having said that, if you do not drink alcohol, having a glass of any other beverage is most acceptable.
- Dance. Have fun dancing, but don't be the belle or bull of the party. If you do, chances are your whole office will be buzzing with talk about you even long after the party is over.
- Don't eat too much or too little. It's understandable that office people seldom eat "real-cooked" food because they just grab whatever is ready to eat during work days. If you enjoy the food, eat, but sparingly. It's better to have a little of everything. Avoid putting heaps of food on your plate.
- Don't overstay. If you think your boss and supervisor already noticed your presence and you have already done the part assigned to you at the party, you may leave.
- Don't clash with anyone. Don't get into a confrontation with anyone,even with your most disliked co-worker. Reserve work conflicts for work hours.
- Don't make jokes at anyone's expense. You may not be aware, but it might be an important guest or client of your company that you are poking fun at.
Attending and surviving the office holiday party is not that bad. You can actually have a fun time if you choose to. Just remember the do's and don'ts and nothing will go wrong.