Dos and Don'ts at Your Company Christmas Party
As we approach the Holidays, many people are wondering, what is going to happen at the Christmas party this year? Is Christina going to knock over the bowl of punch again? Is Nathan going to bust out another terrible dance sequence?
You have to take necessary precautions when attending an office Christmas party. You must be careful.
So for your safety, here are some suggestions from Fox Business on the “Dos & Don’ts at an Office Christmas Party”:
1. Don’t skip the party
It is one night out of the whole year. Do your best to make an appearance. Unless you are a newlywed and have a family Christmas in the mountains planned with the in-laws that weekend, you have no legitimate excuse.
2. Do dress appropriately for the party
Now is not the time to bust out a sweater that hooks up to the wall and lights up brighter than the Christmas tree. This is not the Tacky Christmas Party you had your freshman year of college. Dress in appropriate business casual attire. If you want to play it safe, dress more formal than you would expect others to dress to the occasion. It is always better to overdress than underdress.
3. Don’t talk about politics, religion, or gossip
No one wants to hear your opinion on anything that gives the slightest hint about who you voted for on November 6th. Stay away from gossip too. Instead, talk about college football, or the movie you anticipate seeing over the break. Keep it simple.
4. Do put away your phone
With social networking, countless emails, and major advances in video game technology, these days human Interaction is something to be cherished. Ok, who am I kidding? Put away your phone and at least stare at the TV. The fewer cell phones, the less likely someone will record you doing something stupid and put it on YouTube.
5. Don’t drink too much
As I mentioned earlier, no one wants to see you dance like Elaine Benes at the Employee Christmas party.
6. Do say Thank you
Make sure you go out of your way to show your appreciation. It's simple, but never goes unnoticed.
I hope this list will come in handy, and perhaps you won't have to get that awkward visit from HR again this year. Have a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!