Wow, how time creeps up on us. I was at my first Christmas party of the season on the weekend. It is so hard to believe that the Christmas season is already here. With the parties come lots of cheer, gifts and camaraderie. And even though every year I say “It is common sense party etiquette”; every year I am amazed at the really poor choices people are making at the company Christmas party. This blog is a gentle reminder of the things I have seen over the past several years at Company Parties that would be deemed questionable behaviours. Below is a list of common sense reminders that bear repeating.
- Do not over indulge; this is not the time to drink and show your displeasure with being passed over for that promotion. Nor is it a time to show how poorly you can handle your liquor. Even if the company party is an open bar, last thing that you want is to hurt your ability to get the next promotion.
- Make sure that your guest follows the same rules. Their performance at the company party affects you as if their actions were yours.
- Try not to talk too much about work. This is the time to relax and have fun with your co-workers.
- Ladies do not overdress for the occasion. Dress in a sophisticated style that shows you have sound taste in fashion. Do not show too much skin or cleavage.
Your Boss and their bosses are watching. They are looking at all the behaviours both good and bad. This is an opportunity for you to shine, show them what you are made of and potentially why they should consider you for promotion.
- Have fun and be yourself. Show your supervisors and managers how you interact with people on a less formal level.
- Make sure you know the names of the people that matter. Not just in your department, but the executive as well.
- Treat everyone you meet as if they could be your next boss. Not just the employees in the company, but their guests as well.
If you do go to the company party and feel like you have made some mistakes; own up to it. Go to the person or persons in questions and apologize immediately. Do not let your questionable choices affect you any further. This is a conversation that has to happen, not an email.
The most important thing to remember is that this is a company event. No matter what happens you need to treat it as though you are going to work. Everything you say and do can be used against you in the future. Take care, act responsibility and enjoy yourself!