Holiday Party Time!

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It’s that time of the season again.

Company holiday parties are a lot of fun.  There’s free food and booze, what can be better?  Fun aside, remember that it is a chance to meet new people in the company, talk to those you haven’t been in contact for a while, and perhaps, squeeze in some face time with executives.  It’s still a company event, so use common sense and be on your best behavior.

  • Dress well, don’t worry about dressing up with a bit more flair and formality.
  • Know your limit on alcohol and food consumption.  You don’t want to make the water cooler headline news the next day.
  • Watch your table manners.
  • Use it to your advantage to network with others.  Such as meeting new people or catching up.
  • The question of “What do you do?” is inevitable when meeting new people, but past that stage, talk about anything besides work.
  • Don’t get touchy and feely with coworkers.  Men and women are guilty of this, especially when they become dosed up with a bit of liquid courage.

At a company I used to work at, the holiday party was in full swing and by the end of the night, a couple of people were on the table dancing.  They were clearly intoxicated, clearly letting alcohol get the better of them, and clearly going to regret it the next day.  Friends don’t let friends dance on tables at company functions.  I can’t begin to imagine what would happen if someone got hurt.  At the very least, there would be a lawsuit right?

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