Holiday Season Tips

Attending an Office Holiday Party

Posted by Liz Taylor Dec 17, 2012

Many of my clients are hosting their holiday party at some point over the next few weekends. Please keep the following tips in mind:

1.)    Bring a host or hostess gift. A nice bottle of wine, chocolates or flowers are perfect.

2.)    Wear appropriate apparel. Remember this is a work function and you still need to dress professionally.

3.)    Know your drink limit. My friend went to Scottsdale last weekend for her firm holiday retreat and told me a devastating story. One of her colleagues had one too many drinks at a “pool party”, dove into a three foot pool and is now paralyzed. Having too many cocktails at your work function is not worth waking up the next morning risking your health, reputation and career.

4.)    Avoid office gossip. It will only reflect poorly on you.  

5.)    Coach your spouse. Before the event, give your spouse an overview of your coworkers.  If there are any sensitive topics, let them know so there won’t be awkward moments.

6.)    Don’t overstay your welcome. You don’t want to be the first person to leave the office party; more importantly, you don’t want to be the last. Your host is more than likely exhausted by the end of the party and wants to clean up and go to sleep.

7.)    Have fun! The holidays are a time for celebrating, enjoying friends, family and colleagues.

If you are hosting the event, have plenty of food for your guests and offer a taxi cab service for those driving home.

Happy Holidays!

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