Avoid Office Party Faux Pas

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Ok, we survived Halloween and now we know it will be a whirlwind for the holiday season. Before we get overwhelmed with the festivities, it is important to review some guidelines for etiquette in social workplace activities. Most companies today will offer some form of celebration, so to keep your career moving forward and perhaps to even give you a distinct advantage - let's review.

Although it may be tempting to let loose after working hard all year long – think again. You have worked hard to build your career, according to many business etiquette experts, the cardinal rule is to remember that no matter how festive the occasion, it’s still about business.  The following advice ensures a smooth & enjoyable event.
 
1. Eat, drink and be merry – in moderation.  Remember alcohol plus you and your boss can equal a Monday morning “I can’t believe I said that”.

2. Dress appropriately for the occasion. This especially applies to women who sometimes use company parties to strut their stuff. Leave anything short, tight or revealing in the closet.  You’ve worked hard to create a professional image and revealing clothes can alter your peers/employer perception of you as a competent professional.

3. Become visible to upper management.  This may be the only time you see the president, CEO or VP in person.  This is a great opportunity to become visible to the higher-ups.  At the very least, don’t spend the entire evening with your regular office buddies.  Mingle with people you don’t know.

4. Pay attention to the time you arrive and when you leave.  Even if you really don’t want to attend, avoid arriving 20 minutes before the end just to make an appearance.  Managers and coworkers will notice the error in judgment.

5. Be sure to thank those who coordinated the party.  It takes a lot of time and effort to put things together for a party.  Not only is saying thank you the nice thing to do, but it makes you stand out from the many individuals who don’t. 

With the holidays fast approaching, I would like to say “thank you” to each of you.  Thank you for reading this blog, trusting me to help you discover and create a better version of YOU.  It has been my privilege to work with many of you.  What a difference you have made in my life – I LOVE what I do.  It is so gratifying to watch many of you be transformed and start a new chapter in your lives.

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Happy Thanksgiving everyone and please remember me for creating the best version of YOU!