3 Tips for the Office Holiday Party

Ah, the office holiday party season is upon us! Attending our company’s holiday party can be exciting, but it can also be a source of anxiety for some. Simple questions can become confusing, such as: What do we wear? Who should we talk to? What should we do at the party? Have no fear, here are three tips to help make a merry time at this year’s holiday party.

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Dress Code

Knowing what to wear to an office holiday party ahead of time can help alleviate those concerns. The holiday season is a special time of year and often lends to elegant celebrations, so we may want to dress a little more formal than other events. If the party takes place during the daytime, however, less formal dress is probably appropriate. It helps to know the nature of the event so we aren’t surprised to see everyone wearing ugly sweaters!

The More the Merrier!

Many office holiday parties are meant to be inclusive, in which case we should bring our significant others and/or families along with us. On the other hand, these parties offer an excellent opportunity to meet new people, so we should try to break out of our comfort zone and talk to others that we normally wouldn’t get a chance to. We should set a goal for the number of new people we want to talk to, but we also should be conscious of the guests we bring along and make sure that they have fun and feel included.

Have Fun, but Be Mindful

The office holiday party is meant to be fun, so we should make sure to enjoy ourselves while maintaining an appropriate level of professionalism. Many office parties include activities like a dress-up photo booth or karaoke, in which case employees should have fun participating in these social activities. It’s important to be mindful of any alcohol we consume, and coordinate a safe ride home for ourselves and our guests. It also helps to be mindful of sharing photos on social media, and share only those that would be appropriate for the company’s image.

Does your company do anything exciting for its annual holiday party? We would love to hear about it!


Sources:

http://blog.linkedin.com/2015/12/01/office-holiday-party/