I know majority of office parties are held at the end of the year but if you are lucky to work in a cool office like some of us, then every month you have an office party to look forward to 🙂 While it may be fun to make merry with your colleagues, its also very important to see that you do not compromise the work relationship in the name of partying. For starters, make it a point to attend the office party as the boss has gone out of his/her way to make this happen. Below are some office party etiquette you should know before the next party goes down:
Follow RSVP requests for guests.
I Know its tempting to tag a friend or tw0 along but first find out if it’s okay with the planners before bringing a guest to the office party because of issues like budgetary restrictions among others.
Dress for the occasion
Put considerable thought into your attire. Avoid wearing anything that is too revealing or shows too much skin. Consider where the party is being held before choosing your outfit of the day.
Mind your language
Avoid negative talks at the party. Speak to everyone in a friendly tone. Avoid gossip and any kind of talk that you might regret later. Use this time to to speak to people in high command whom you’d normally not interact with. Remember to keep the conversation short.
Keep one hand free during the night so that you can offer handshakes to people as they come by. And do keep your drink in your left hand, so you are not offering people a cold, wet handshake all evening.
Eat, Drink, Dance And Sing In Moderation
Its an office party, not a girls/boys night out so whatever you do, do it in moderation, especially if you are a manager or a new employee.
Time is of importance where office parties are concerned. You do not have to be the first one to arrive, but don’t wait until the party is almost over either. You also don’t want to be the last to leave the party. Make an exit as soon as you see the event starting to wind down.
DO NOT take photos of your coworkers having fun without their permission. Avoid poses that can embarrass them later. You should always respect people’s privacy.
When it comes to alcohol, all employers and employees should be aware of their safety. Plan ahead on how you are going to get home after the party. It is your responsibility and not the host’s to see to it that you get home safely and in one piece.
Lastly, as you leave the party, don’t forget to thank the host or hostess, they will appreciate your kind gesture.