Surviving the holiday office party

December 5, 2011 – It’s that time of year again that many of us dread.

It’s time for the holiday office party.

Whether you decide to make an appearance for the sake of your career, or hang in for the long haul and dance the night away, it goes without saying that you want to steer clear of the naughty list and stay on the side of nice. In other words, the office party is the last place you want to have fun.

Sure, we all say we know what’s appropriate behavior at the office party, but when an open bar is involved things tend to get a little fuzzy. I’m willing to bet that most of us have witnessed inappropriate behavior at a holiday party at some time in our careers.

The good news is that thanks to the economy many companies are opting to forego the big bash in favor of a nice lunch catered at the office or at an area restaurant, and it’s always easier to behave better during daylight hours. But if you’re company is still going in for the kill, here are some tips courtesy of The Metro, center city Philadelphia’s number one daily newspaper:

Party dos:

Mingle with everyone.
Strike up conversations with those outside of your usual circle, especially with the power brokers within your company, and have a few non-work topics ready to bring up, such as recent movies or holiday plans.

Dress appropriately.
Dressing up is fine, but keep it classy. You may be at a party, but you are still at work, too.

Party don’ts:

Have that one last drink.
This is the biggest faux pas. Over doing it with friends is one thing, but overdoing it with the boss could be disastrous.

Participate in gossip.
Bite your tongue if you must, but don’t use this time to badmouth anyone, especially a colleague.

If you follow these tips, you should be able to get through the night nicely and show your face without shame on Monday morning.

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