Every year, people get nervous when it gets close to the office holiday party. Something about socializing with people from work is not very appealing, according to some friends. I could relate to that. After spending 40 hours a week with them, you don’t feel like spending another time, especially if the other person is really a pain. I didn’t go to my department’s party this year either, due to a personal reason and because of a family member was ill.
However, when my husband asked me if it’s OK to have his department party held in our house, I was fine with it. Especially when he told me that we don’t need to cook or prepare the food/drinks. They’ll take care of that. Sweet!
According to this site, there are some etiquette guidelines to consider for attending an office holiday party.
- Eat, drink and be merry — in moderation. Where else but the office party can you find the CEO and the mailroom clerk bellied up to the bar together? Beware of the spiked eggnog, though. Alcohol plus you and your boss can equal Monday morning’s “I can’t believe I said that.” If you choose to drink, do so minimally.
Fact: Though the majority of the people did eat, drink and be merry in moderation, some of them didn’t. My husband who happens to be their boss is a very easy going person. Laughter, drunk people talking too loud, and silly games. One guy played wrestle with my 4 y.o. son, slammed him onto the floor and made him cry.
- Dress appropriately for the occasion. Klinkenberg says this rule 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 coworkers’ and manager’s perception of you as a competent professional.
Fact: Everybody looked great. Jeans, khakis, sweaters, dressy shirt, Santa’s hat, even a tank top (under a sporty coat) were there. When somebody bent over to pick up something from the floor, the bright red thong peeked. Whoopsie!
- Find out who can come to the event. Spouses and significant others are not always on the guest list. Check beforehand to avoid a potentially uncomfortable evening.
Fact: It was adult-only party, no kids allowed. We even sent our kids away to the neighbor. But, some adults did act like kids at the party.
- Your company party may be the only time you see the president, CEO or VPs in person. Introduce yourself. This is a great opportunity to become visible to your organization’s higher-ups. At the very least, don’t spend the entire evening with your regular office buddies. Get in the holiday spirit and mingle with people from other departments.
Fact: At the first hour, I did see the same people who normally ‘buddies’ at work grouping together. After another hour (and more drinks) , people loosen up and start to partner up to play games.
- Pay attention to the time you arrive and when you leave. Even if you don’t really want to attend, avoid arriving 20 minutes before the end just to make an appearance. On the flip side, don’t party into the wee hours either. Coworkers and managers will notice both errors in judgment.
Fact: The party said from 6 to 9 pm. Some people showed up about half an hour early while others stayed until 10 pm.
- If you’re in charge of planning the party, consider your employees’ diversity. A Christmas party may alienate some staff. Promoting a holiday party is more inclusive.
Fact: Very true. No Christmas decorations, no Christmas-y songs.
- Plan an event that reflects well on the company. Choose an appropriate location, control the alcohol flow and take your employees’ interests into consideration.
Fact: For once, we had a fun office holiday party. No lame-o. The game of Scene It? Music Edition was fun, the card game was a riot, pool table always busy, darts were flying like crazy, and the shuffleboard was a hit too.