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Holiday Party Do’s and Don’ts

by Mary Stucke

2012 is coming to a close, the election commercials are finally over, you still have a job and your Christmas shopping is almost done.  This gives you every reason to let loose at the company holiday party, right? Wrong!!  Here is a list of the top five rules for this year’s party season:

  1. No venting.  Aside from the fact that these open atmospheres make it easy for the “wrong” person to unknowingly pop up behind you at the most inopportune time, the bottom line is it’s unprofessional.  Keep it classy!
  2. Move out of your comfort zone.  There aren’t many times you get to network with your own coworkers.  Now is the time to branch out and meet some more of those people you see every day but don’t really know.  You never know who might be able to help you out down the road.
  3. Avoid vomiting in your colleague’s purse.  Don’t think for a second that this hasn’t happened before.  Rest assured you will be a legend – for all the wrong reasons!
  4. Keep the jokes PG-13.  It’s no secret that alcohol lowers inhibitions.  Just don’t let yourself offend anyone.  While you might not remember those comments the next day, someone will.
  5. No lecturing.  We all know you would do things differently if you were in charge, but vocalizing that opinion never moved anyone up the corporate ladder.  Keep those opinions to yourself, at least during the party!

With that said, let the holiday cheer commence – Happy 2012!

*Thank you to Michelle Monat, Assurance Senior, for her contribution to this post.

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