It’s holiday time and at the office that means the annual get-together. Before you go all out and take advantage of the free booze, stop and think about parties past. Co-workers are still chattering about last year’s event when Jane in accounting insisted on showing off her flexibility skills. What about the year before when Bob from sales was out to prove that back hair could be sexy? It was fun at the time, but the next Monday morning was nothing short of a shame walk to punch the time clock.
Don’t consider the office holiday gathering a chance to meet potential dates. If the new guy in accounting catches your eye resist the urge to flirt excessively. Add disproportionate alcohol use and your behavior can become extreme quicker than you can say ‘shaken, not stirred’. If you are interested in that someone special, use the opportunity to impress them on the dance floor…not show off your moves on a makeshift stripper pole. The decision to date a co-worker should be soberly considered…not the result of too much merry making.
Follow these additional pointers and you’ll not only be remembered by your peers as the life of the party for all the right reasons:
Make Time—Even to Grin and Bear it
Things may be a bit stressful at the office lately and the last thing you want to do is spend an evening amongst the instigators. It’s your social responsibility, however, to make an appearance. Arrive on time and stay for a few hours. Work the room a few times to make small talk. Remember that it’s inappropriate to show up right when the festivities are ending…just to say that you were there.
Charles Childress, a 53 year old human resources director for a nationally franchised staffing firm in Indianapolis, agrees that making appearances during social events is crucial to career longevity. “Attending social events with your peers demonstrates that you are a team player” says Childress. “It may seem trivial but you should never pass up the opportunity to make a positive impression.”
Everything in moderation
Since the boss is springing for the booze, you may be tempted to over-indulge. In this case, FREE isn’t really a good thing. The more you drink the more uninhibited you become. Those office secrets and personal feelings manifest themselves in unattractive ways.
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