Mind Your Mouth
You may happen upon some unexpected surprise guests at your office party..your boss’s boss, for example. So be careful what you say. You could be an ear-shot away from the CEO while bad mouthing the company. Avoid participating in office-gossip, too. Your inebriated co-workers may talk a little louder than you’d like. Mind your p’s and q’s and leave out the profanity while you’re at it. Leave your political and religious views at the door, as well.
Who’s on the Guest List?
Before telling your wife to spring for a new dress, be certain that spouses or other non-employees are invited. I’ve actually witnessed fellow employees bringing their toddlers to functions that were anything but kid-friendly. It’s not just awkward…it’s tacky and unfortunate to be that unaware.
No Gag Gifts
If your office hosts a gift exchange, avoid the urge to purchase a novelty or humorous item; lingerie and other politically incorrect items are a big ‘no-no’. Research your gift recipient to give a gift that will be appreciated.
It’s not brown-nosing to give a small gift to the boss. A bottle of wine or other simple item can tastefully show appreciation.
Childress says that while some co-workers may forget the kind gesture of gratitude you should always express your sincere thanks to your boss. “It’s not only good manners, it’s demonstrates a positive attitude” he adds.
Does anyone really want the hassle of organizing the holiday affair? Remember to say thank you to the individual who did all the work. You might consider some gourmet coffee and mug and a short hand-written note. Acts of kindness are always appreciated…and always politically correct.
Stay With Your Group
No matter what time you leave the festivities, always leave the event with whom you came. Leaving with someone different–especially of the opposite sex–can be the brunt of office gossip for seasons to come. You’ll also rest assured that your close friends made it home safe and sound.
Say ‘Thank You’ with flowers!