You’ve probably seen a few faux pas at work holiday events, but office celebrations are an incredible opportunity to put your best foot forward and connect with a broader circle of colleagues than normal. Here’s how to make the most of the party and make sure you’re remembered for the right reasons this season.
WHAT TO DO…
- Set an intention for the event. Who would you like to meet? What do you want them to remember about you? Being thoughtful about what you’d like the outcome of the party (or any meeting) to be sets you up for success.
- Get to know your colleagues better. This is a time to relax and talk about more than work. Inquire about hobbies, an upcoming vacation, favourite foods or music. You might find you have more in common than you think.
- Make a positive lasting impression. Dress well and in a colour that complements you and makes you feel fantastic. Clothes can make an easy entry point for conversation.
- Stand up for your colleagues if there is any even mildly negative behavior such as bullying or harassment.
- If you see that someone has drunk too much, offer water and to arrange a ride home.
WHAT NOT TO DO!
- Feel pressured or pressure others to consume alcohol or eat all the sweets. Indulge responsibly. There may be someone in your circle who is trying to avoid these things. Make it easy for them!
- Don’t tell off-colour jokes which may be offensive.
- Avoid getting deep into a work conversation. This is not the time or place.
- Don’t eat all the gluten-free treats if you’re not following a gluten-free diet. The same applies to other items which may have been prepared for a select few.
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Overall, relax and have a great time!
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