The other day I offered some tips for the inevitable office holiday party. Of course if you have no intention of going to this type of soiree then skip this posting and have yourself non-alcoholic eggnog. On the other hand, one can never be too sure . . .
Here are some more do´s and don´ts that I hope will help you and your staff begin the new year with no regrets:
1. Don´t treat an office party as a dating game. Just because you´ve had your eye on Joe (Josephine) in accounting doesn´t mean you need to act on your emotions, especially at a public function like an office party. Subtle window-shopping should do it, which means you should keep flirting to a minimum. Workplace romances are problematic at best. Don´t complicate things by mixing it with alcohol.
2. Don´t drink too much alcohol (or, better yet, don´t drink any at all). I already went over this, but again you can never hear this one enough. You know what they say about losing your inhibitions and throwing caution to the wind and forgetting your sense of judgment? Well, it´s all true when it comes to having too much to drink. All you need to do is imagine how you´re going to feel when you walk into your office following an embarrassing evening and see all those faces-particularly the disapproving expression from your boss-staring as you slink you way through the day.
3. Keep your professional reputation front and center. Instead of focusing on the food and decorations focus on all the work you´ve put into becoming someone your colleagues respect and trust. One wrong move can erase years of serious reputation building. You should have a good time but not to the extent that you´d need to launch a major career recovery plan. Remember word travels fast.
4. Dress appropriately. If you´re just thinking that the outfit you´ve picked out for the office party might be a little too suggestive, consider wearing something else. Actually, don´t consider, just do it. And if you´re not sure, then ask your most trusted and conservative colleague what he or she thinks and then take the advice. You´ll have plenty of opportunities to wear your party clothes elsewhere. Ask yourself what your grandmother would say. Sometimes that helps me. Plus, if you wouldn´t wear it to the office during the day you probably shouldn´t do so at a work-related party.