Still at Work
It’s time to talk about the
office holiday party. “Party” is really a misnomer. It’s still work - only with
food, in a festive environment.
Thank your boss for a good
year and for the party - in person at the party and in a hand written fold-over
note after. Do the same for the party planner.
Get to know your colleagues
that you have the least interaction with.
Don’t mix with the
malcontents. Avoid office gossips or negative colleagues, congregating in the
corner criticizing the event.
Watch your alcohol intake. “I
drank too much,” is no defense. You will still be held accountable for whatever
you said, broke or grabbed. Better yet, don’t drink at the office party and
keep a clear head.
Don’t overeat. Look
ravishing, not ravenous
in a professional environment.
If the event is in an upscale
venue, dress appropriately. Work events are not the place to show a lot of
skin. Or dress childishly with cartoon ties and Santa hats. (Unless, you are Santa.)
Don’t linger longer than
necessary. Especially if the party is in someone’s home, don’t be the last to
leave - the one who has to
be asked to leave.
When planning the office
party, ditch the Secret Santa, White Elephant, Ugly Sweater Contest or the
party at the paintball place. While these might be a laugh-riot for a few, the
majority of your people just want a party with good food.
Good food doesn’t necessarily
mean expensive food. It means good-tasting. Spend too much on food and your
people might say, “Why can’t this go into my paycheck instead?” (Why it can’t
go into your paycheck might have to do with different budget silos. Don’t bite
the boss trying to do good with what’s available.)
Culture and Manners Institute