It is that time of year (again). The company throws a holiday party.
Like last year, I want to remind you that you should attend. Of course, it isn't mandatory, but people will notice your absence and you don't want to appear like you are not a team player. Remember that showing up 20 minutes before then end to make your "appearance" is also bad form.
The party is a great opportunity to network. Take the time to introduce yourself to the CEO or other managers that you want to work more closely with in the upcoming year.
Because this is a good networking opportunity, follow business rules. Dress appropriately. Limit how much you drink and eat. You don't want to be remembered for inappropriate behavior.
On the flip side, understand that not all employees behave appropriately. A company party is not a free pass for employees to engage in unwanted touching, lewd comments and other types of inappropriate behavior. If you feel you have been subjected to such behavior, consider complaining about the conduct to managers or discuss the situation with an employment lawyer.
Finally, take this opportunity to enjoy the company of your co-workers, eat, drink (moderately), and be merry!
It is that time of year again - the time when your company throws a holiday party. These parties can be enjoyable but it will only be remembered as enjoyable if you follow a few basic tips.
1. Attend! It isn't mandatory, but people will notice your absence and you don't want to appear like you are not a team player. It also is an opportunity to network and be noticed by supervisors in a good way.
2. Moderation in food and drink. This is an office party. You don't want your supervisor to remember you as the one who got sick. Even in less extreme situations, you don't want to be the buzzed employee who starts gossiping. Any way you slice it, you can have a drink, just don't become impaired.
3. Dress appropriately. You aren't going to a club or on a date. Don't dress in something flashy or reveling. Try to make an effort to look good to convey that the party is important to you.
4. Conversation. Be prepared with appropriate subjects of conversation. While you should feel free to share some aspects of your personal life (perhaps about a hobby), do no over-share (such as details of your romantic life). Further, indulging in gossip can also come back to bite you. The flip side of the coin - be sure to let you co-workers and boss talk. It is a good time to build relationships and show that you listened when you ask your boss about how her/his parent is doing after surgery.
5. Follow business rules. Even if there is mistletoe, don't kiss or touch your co-workers. You don't want to be the one everyone is gossiping about and you don't want to jeopardize your job for the office party.
Enjoy yourself! Ultimately, the company is thanking you for your service for the year. This is the time to enjoy the company of your co-workers, eat, drink (moderately), and be merry!