A Detailed Etiquette Guide for the Company Holiday Party

Holiday season is a favorite for everyone, and why shouldn’t it be? It’s the perfect opportunity to let loose and enjoy expensive drinks without having to pay for them. However, when one is attending a company holiday party, letting lose isn’t quite much of an option because your behavior is still under scrutiny due to the presence of your bosses.

Now, if you’ve had a history of drinking too many cocktails and embarrassing yourself, here’s everything you need to know in order to keep a check on your happy-go-lucky party vibes:

Limit your Cocktails

The easiest and simplest solution to avoiding embarrassing situations is to keep a hold of yourself by limiting your number of cocktails. Now, we all understand that an open bar is the ultimate invitation to drown yourself in liquor, but the holiday season is only starting, and you can enjoy this liberty at several other occasions.

So, sit back and enjoy a cocktail or two without even entertaining the thought of having some shots. The trick is to take at least half an hour to finish one drink, that way, you can enjoy as many as you want without getting wasted.

Dress Appropriately

Ladies and gentlemen, even though the party isn’t taking place during your traditional work hours, do not take it as an invitation to dress like you’re ready to hit the nightclubs. Always remember to pick out clothing options that you know for a fact will NEVER embarrass you in front of your co-workers and bosses. Your attire needs to be suitable for business settings, so steer clear of overstated embellishments, horridly tight seams and incredibly short lengths.

Mingle Around

Being antisocial at a party is the worst thing you could do, especially if you’re a newbie and you want to make some friends. It doesn’t matter how many people you know, staying glued to your phone and staring at the dance floor in silent despair is not the answer. Take a minute to muster your confidence, scan the arena and spot the friendliest people you can mingle around with. Have a drink, loosen up and talk to people instead of aimlessly browsing through your Instagram feed.

Forget About Work

Office parties are the worst time to drone on about your work commitments, exciting projects and all the amazing achievements you’ve made this week. If you’re really enthusiastic about a project, it’s easy to keep talking without realizing how unbearably bored and annoyed your co-workers are. Make sure this party is the last place you’re caught talking about work.

Prepare your Better Half

If you’re taking your significant other or soon-to-be significant other to an office party, don’t forget to prepare them with all the essential need-to-knows. Remember, their behavior will be a direct reflection onto you, so guide them about the appropriate dress code and the right topics to converse with your friends, co-workers and your boss. Also, don’t forget to make sure they have a good time.

Happy Holidays!

Alison Vaughn

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