What to wear? How to behave? How much to eat and drink? That depends on how you would like the conversation to go about you at the water cooler Monday morning. Supervisors and colleagues do notice party behavior. Remember that the office holiday parties are not strictly socials but are business occasions. Follow these image tips to be sure to not derail your career but keep it moving on the right track.
DRESS: Women, this is not the time to wear your seductive, skin-baring holiday ensemble. Think office attire with a holiday addition--try a shell with a hint of sparkle under your jacket, a festive piece of statement jewelry, or hair in an updo. For men, forget the Santa tie, and perhaps opt for a jacket in velvet or cashmere wool. Groom as though you were going to the office.
: Also not the time to abandon professional protocol and "let it all hang out." If you address your boss as Mr. or Ms. at work, follow the same protocol at the party. Keep conversations general, light , non-controversial, and not too personal. Instead of sitting in the corner with your closest friend all evening, try to visit with as many co-workers and supervisors as possible. And very important, no flirting, no gossiping, and no raucous behavior. Lastly, be sure to thank and say good-bye to your host. Following up with a handwritten thank-you note is always the best policy.
EATING & DRINKING:
You have had food before and you will have it again! The office party is not the time to see how high you can pile your plate and how many drinks you can have. If necessary, have a small meal before arriving so you are not famished. Alcohol should be limited to one drink. Eat or drink, but not both at the same time so that you have a hand free for shaking when greeting. Remember that the event is about the people and not the food or drink. And, sorry, asking for a doggie-bag is a big no-no!
Follow these tips, and the talk about you and your image at the office after the holidays will be glowing!
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