Office Christmas PartyTis’ the season for holiday parties and events. Many companies show appreciation to their employees by hosting an office party. While business holiday events serve the purpose of allowing employees to kick back and relax, it is important to always remember these fun and simple guidelines.

Dress The Part

Follow the dress code outlined for a party. If it is cocktail attire then come dressed appropriately. Office parties are not the place to bring out your most revealing dress or blouse. Vice versa, if there is a theme to your office party then stay festive and keep to that theme. Don’t forget that even though this is a party, you still need to maintain a professional image. It is much harder to build up your reputation once some inappropriate action has taken place.

Keep The Drinking At A Minimum

Even though alcohol beverages are provided at the party, be aware of how much you drink. At the end of the day, you are at a party for… WORK. Your boss and other employees are still watching you. You don’t want to be the person who gets fired the day after your holiday party because you said or did something you regret.

Be Thankful

 Your company is not required to do anything during the holidays. Businesses give parties because they want to show their appreciation. As an employees, don’t forget to show your appreciation to the management and party planning committee. Thank people for hosting the occasion and providing food and drinks for everyone.

Be Prepared

Holiday events are a great opportunity to network and meet new colleagues, especially if you work for a large corporation. Before you attend the event, think about your ten questions that you can use as conversation starters when meeting new people. It is always better to be prepared than to have nothing to say. Keep the conversation topics about positive subjects. Don’t discuss other employees or problems you have with company policy. Avoid conversations that focus heavily on business, especially if clients are in attendance.

Be Present

If your company is hosting a holiday event, attend and show your appreciation. You never know what opportunities or new friends you may make at the party unless you participate. Company social events will also give you additional information about the people that you work with everyday.

Remembering these tips will ensure that you have a fun and disaster free event. Take time to reflect and enjoy this season. Use your office party to spread holiday cheer amongst fellow employees and don’t forget to be thankful for your job and all the blessings that you have.

Happy holidays!

By: Tina Hayes

The season is here for holiday gatherings. The ho, ho, ho buzz is in the air and some of you are planning to attend or host a party. While many schools, businesses and social organizations prepare for their Christmas socials, you also must be prepared to exhibit the highest degree of party decorum. Here is some etiquette advice to help you shine.

Be the Perfect Guest

 Hosting a Holiday Party

Office Parties

At an office party, you may be inclined to “let down your hair,” or “loosen your belt buckle,” however, be sure to maintain professionalism. Keep in mind, you are attending a company- sponsored event and you never know who is watching. To ensure that your good reputation remains intact, I suggest the following guidelines:

Whether you are the host, an invited guest, or attending your company’s holiday party, the most important thing that you can do is enjoy the time you spend with others. Don’t attend the gathering just to eat and drink, but mingle, meet new people and engage in the activities. Allow your personality to shine like the Christmas star.

Merry Christmas!

This article was featured in Cuisine Noir Magazine. You can find this article and others written by ASP Graduate Tina Hayes at http://www.cuisinenoirmag.com/etiquette/etiquette-for-holiday-parties