Office Holiday Party – A Road Map to Success

Office Holiday Party – A Road Map to Success

The first rule of the office holiday party is attendance is mandatory

The first rule of the office holiday party is attendance is mandatory

.  Even if you hate the holidays or hate parties, this is a business opportunity that can’t be missed.  As such, you need to step outside your normal group of co-workers and talk to as many people as possible.  Your next opportunity for advancement may be right around the corner and the more people who know you the better your chances.

Although you are working the room for a promotion, make sure to keep the “shop talk” to a minimum.  This is your opportunity to learn about the people you work with.  Find out what their holiday plans are.  Ask about their kids.  Talk about movies, sports or travel plans.  As with any function, keep away from the traditional conversation no-no’s — sex, religion and politics.

Finally, here are some obvious tips that need to be repeated because people make these mistakes every year.  Don’t drink too much.  Don’t flirt with your co-workers.  Dress appropriately – this is still a work function.  Make sure to say hi to your boss, so that he/she knows you were there.  Also, don’t leave too early – you send the wrong signal that your life is more important than spending time with your co-workers.  Nobody wants to work with someone like this.

Following these tips, should help you successfully navigate your office holiday party and maybe your wish for the corner office will soon come true.

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