Ah, it’s that time of the year again, where coworkers join together and bond over the much anticipated holiday office party. Here in Addison and the North Dallas Corridor we are home to a number of corporate headquarters like Mary Kay, Inc., FedEx Office and National Bankruptcy Services, which means the community will be home to a number of holiday office parties as well.
As family members of employees join in on the celebration, participants mingle with one another and get to know each other just a little better, which sometimes seems impossible as most of our time is spent side by side with these individuals already. But even though everyone is excited to let loose and indulge in all that the festivities have to offer, it’s best to keep in mind that holiday office parties still have their do’s and don’ts.
Here are a few tips on keeping the party classy and finishing the year off well.
1. Remember that an open bar, though it sounds inviting, really isn’t the best plan when it comes to the office environment. Alcohol is often used by individuals to help them relax in social settings which are otherwise considered stressful. But passing your limit in a corporate and professional is never your best bet.
2. Make sure that the party does not extend well into the night. Whether this is a family inclusive event or simply employees only, it’s best to set an end time. Encouraging employees to party into the wee hours of the morning never seems to turn out as planned.
3. Remember this a company function. Although this is a great time to relax and engage in conversation, it isn’t a time to vent your work stresses. This may be considered a social event, but it is still a professional setting and your boss is still in the room.
4. Dress appropriately. Remember that while this is a party, it isn’t a club.
5. Remember that not everyone celebrates Christmas, so try your best to wish all those a “Happy Holidays.”
6. Keep one hand available to shake hands during the night. You never know who you’ll run into and it may be a great way to network.
7. Always thank the person who has organized the party – remember that someone had to put hard work and thought into this gathering, it’s only polite to acknowledge their efforts.