Company holiday parties are right around the corner. For those new to the work force, this may be your first time attending an office party. For those that are veterans of the company holiday party scene, this post will serve as great reminders for things you should and should not do at the holiday party.
Holiday Party “Do’s”
The first thing to do is to talk to your boss. You don’t need to talk about an account or what happened that day at work, but work on getting to know them better, on a personal level. This connection helps you to better understand their needs and concerns, which helps you at work to help them out.
The next thing to do is to network with those in other departments. These interactions can lead to opportunities that you may not have thought of. Even if it doesn’t lead to opportunities, you get to learn more about your company, which can help you in your current role and it will allow you to build and strengthen relationships.
Holiday Party “Don’t’s”
The biggest and most obvious don’t is to not get drunk. Every holiday party I’ve been to, someone ends up getting drunk. The sad thing is the aftermath of the drunken night. Some people I’ve known were fired within a few days of the party. Others, while not fired, were never promoted and most eventually left the company. Feel free to have a good time, just make sure you know when to stop so that you aren’t that person.
Another don’t is not going. Unless you have something else planned that cannot be changed, it’s important to go to the party. You don’t have to stay all night, but show up, work the room, and feel free to leave.
A third don’t is to not show up wearing clothing that you wear out to the club or out on a Saturday night. Even though this is a party, it is still a business function. This isn’t saying that you need to wear a coat and tie, but you should dress accordingly. All office parties are different, so if you are unsure as to how casual you can dress, you best bet is to ask your boss.
Overall, holiday office parties are intended to be a great time. After all, the idea behind them is to thank employees for all of their hard work throughout the year. Take advantage of this time by attending the party and networking not only with those in your department, but also with others that are in other departments that you don’t interact with on a regular basis.
Be sure to thank your boss and other key management personnel for the event. If you are in a large company, don’t think twice about sending a thank you note to top management thanking them for the party. It’s seems insignificant, but you never know if it might lead to something in the future.