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December 8, 2019

Avoid Office Party Blunders

Holiday office parties can be great fun that let coworkers and colleagues deepen workplace relationships. While there are benefits to socializing at the office, the holiday party also has pitfalls that can damage your professional reputation if you aren’t careful.

  • Let your hair down—but not too much! It’s fine to be relaxed and have fun, but keep things in moderation. If alcohol is served, limit your intake and make sure you eat while you drink. Becoming too uninhibited can lead to words and actions you might regret the next day.
  • Meet and mingle. It’s tempting to stay with people you know, but the holiday office party is a good time to reconnect with those you haven’t seen or spoken with in a while. Make a point to get to know someone new or someone you only know by phone.
  • Remember whom you work for. If customers are at the party or if a customer invites you to their office party, you have to be on your best behavior since you represent your organization. Avoid talking shop and focus on getting to know your customers better as individuals. At customer events, it is smart to avoid alcohol and stick to soda or sparkling water.
  • Ask permission before taking photos. You may want to take some shots on your phone, just make sure you have people’s permission. It can be annoying to have someone whip out a phone and start shooting. Be careful what you post on social media since you might embarrass someone—or yourself!—or violate your company’s policies or that of your customers.

Making a positive impression at the office party, will demonstrate your professionalism to your customers, coworkers, and management. It is an opportunity to make a good impression and be noticed in all the right ways.


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