Office party season is in full swing. And whether or not you eagerly look forward to the annual ritual of chatting with colleagues over chicken wings and sushi, there's an important concept to keep in mind: office parties aren't social events. They are business situations, and it's important to know the proper business etiquette for office parties and business events.
Here are some key points to consider:
1. At office parties, your manners are on display to managers and people higher up in the company. You may have free liquor available, but you risk jeopardizing your career by drinking too much and making a fool of yourself. Know your limits.
2. Think of the office party as a networking occasion. It's your chance to meet people in different parts of your organization with whom you don't work directly. Don't just stick with your colleagues. Take the extra step to meet someone new.
3. Be careful about telling jokes. People think they are entertaining, but they are often at the expense of someone else. What's more, what seems funny to one person can be offensive to someone else.
4. Don't gossip at the party. You never know who's standing behind you, or dating or best friends with the person you're talking about.
5. If spouses or dates are invited, include them in your conversation. Your boss's spouse can have a big influence on your career. And it's just human decency to make them feel welcome.
6. Eat something small before the event so you aren't ravenous when you arrive. Remember that office parties are not about eating, but about building relationships.
7. Make the most of the event. This is a great time to shine by connecting with people and building relationships that will last into the new year and beyond!
You are invited to use these tips to make a great impression at your office parties or business events.
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From Lynda Goldman, business communications and etiquette consultant and author of 30 books, including How to Make a Million Dollar First Impression.