Tis the season for office parties, and many of us will be attending one in some facet in the coming weeks. Some may involve food. Some may involve alcohol. All provide a way to get to know one another in an informal setting and let loose. It is about celebrating the year behind you and looking forward to what is to come. And you should have fun. You should let loose. You should not, however, forget about etiquette and professionalism.
Here are a few tips to make sure you leave the party with your reputation in tact.
Don’t Have Too Many Drinks
The goal is to have fun. The goal is not, however, to drink your coworkers under the table. You are not at a party with your friends; you are there with your colleagues. You want them to respect you afterward. Alcohol is dangerous at office parties, and in general, because it can impair judgment. What seems like a really good idea at the time may prove disastrous the next day.
Don’t Act Like You’re in a Bar
There may be fun to be had and it may be a party, but the office party is not—we repeat—not a single’s bar. Sure, you’ll see a new side to your coworkers, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t offer the same in office respect. Save the pick up lines and resist the temptation to act on any romantic feelings.
Do Watch Your Language
Again, just because you can relax, doesn’t mean you should get too relaxed. Foul language and off-colored remarks may just land you in the hot seat on Monday morning. At worst, it could get you fired.
Do Keep Your Guard Up
Part of successfully achieving all of the above is by relaxing, but not relaxing too much. You should relax, of course, but always keep your guard up and understand how your behavior reflects on yourself and your company.
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