Posted By: Deanna DeBenedictis

Regardless of where you stand with Santa, the holiday office party is not the time to land yourself on the Boss’s “Naughty” list. Office Party Etiquette is all about keeping it professional. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Just keep these things in mind:
  • Drink in moderation or not at all. You don’t want to be the reason the party is talked about for years to come.
  • Dress appropriately. It’s a party, but it’s still a work event so use your professional judgment.  It’s ok to add some color or sparkle, but stay away from too tight, too low, too short or too flashy.
  • Know who’s invited. If it’s employees-only, don’t show up with your spouse or significant other. (The invitation itself should specify – if it doesn’t, ASK!)
  • Respect your colleagues’ privacy. You may be a social media maven, but not everyone likes having their picture taken, let alone having it shared across Cyberland. Ask before you take pictures and also know whether it’s OK with the subject(s) to post photos/videos online.
  • Stay away from gossip.
  • Gifts to team members shouldn’t be personal; gifts to the boss should be from the group and personal gifts should always be exchanged in private.
  • If you’re the subject of a toast, accept gracefully. Don’t drink to yourself or applaud when you’re being applauded. Acknowledge and thank the person making the toast.

Holiday party etiquette also includes a few Dos:
  • DO introduce yourself to the CEO and other higher-ups if you get the chance.
  • Mix and mingle and meet new people from other departments.
  • Be prepared for small talk, even going so far as to think through or jot down a few topics beforehand.
  • And DO thank the people who put the party together. Sincerely. They’ll appreciate it and remember you for it.

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