While some people just love an office holiday party, there are others who dread it. Whether they hate small talk, worry about forgetting people’s names, or fear making a total fool of themselves by imbibing too much, the idea of gathering with your co-workers to celebrate the holidays can cause a lot of dread for some people.
Well, a lot of people will be forced to go to those holiday parties in the next two weeks and whether you love them are not, there are some things you can do to make sure you survive them without making a total fool of yourself.
Tips to survive your office holiday party include:
- It’s okay to drink, but don’t go crazy – There’s always a temptation to really let looseat the office party, especially if there’s an open bar, but it’s smart not to overindulge. You don’t want to be the drunk person at the party that everyone is gossiping about the next day. One expert suggest one drink per hour is a safe way to enjoy yourself without overdoing it and notes, “keep the emphasis on office, not party."
- Network with higher ups and lesser-known colleagues – The office party is a great time to connect with the bosses on a more social level, just don’t use it as an opportunity to ask them for a raise, or rat out someone in the office. It’s also a great time to mingle with people you don’t get to see often.
- Don’t take risks with your outfit – While it’s good to dress up for an office holiday party, just make sure our outfit is appropriate. Take into account the venue and your normal office attire when picking something to wear. Remember it’s still a work function, don’t dress like you’re going to a club.
- Remember to thank the host – Always remember that somebody is actually throwing the party, so don’t forget to thank your CEOs or executives for the celebration. Make it a point to try and approach them when they have a free moment just to show your appreciation, but don’t take up too much of their time. But if the party has more than 100 guests or so, it probably isn’t necessary to scope out the boss to show your gratitude.