Oh, the dreaded company holiday party. Awkward small talk, bad food, and a sense that people are always watching your back and gossiping about your outfit. Whether it’s your first casual gathering with your co-workers or you’re a professional at tackling the annual soirée, here are some tips for ensuring that you not only survive, but also conquer, the company holiday party.
1. Dress cute and in costume, but APPROPRIATE
If it’s not appropriate to wear at work, it probably isn’t okay to wear at a company party either. But, the Santa hat or “ugly-sweater” is always acceptable.
2. Make sure to mingle
You’re sure to have your “crew” of work friends who you want to spend most of your time with at a mandatory event like a work holiday party. But, the upside of having this kind of party is the opportunity to see people you work with in a different light! Maybe you’ll make a new friendship, or start to like a person you never really got along with. Make sure to make an effort to say hello and thank you to your boss or whoever is throwing the party! This is a great opportunity to speak to your boss in a casual, relaxed manner and get to know them on a more personal level.
3. Pay attention to when you arrive and how much time you spend at the party
Although you may normally follow the code of “fashionably late” at your normal social events, the office party is different. It is not appropriate to come late and leave 10 minutes later. Time your night wisely! If you show up in a group, make sure to be on time because you and your posse will most likely draw attention when all coming in together.
4. Be mindful of how much you’re drinking!
Oftentimes at parties where there is awkwardness in the air, you may want to turn to alcohol to give you some liquid confidence. But this is not the right time or place to get too wild. With your co-workers, boss, and their spouses or significant others around, keep an eye out for how many drinks you have, or try to alternate between one alcoholic beverage and one non-alcoholic beverage, like soda or water. You definitely don’t want to be remembered as “Sally who went crazy at last year’s Christmas party” for the rest of your time working at your company.
5. Show the nicest side of yourself, and don’t be afraid to have fun!
Work can be a stressful and intense environment, where disagreements can create tension. The holiday party can be a great place to put those differences aside and head into the New Year with a clean slate. Don’t be afraid to show the real you and have fun with the people you spend 8 hours a day, 5 days a week with. Just don’t have too much fun (;
If your company wants to throw a holiday party, let Incrowd Events help! It’s sure to be a night to remember.