Office holiday party etiquette

As the holidays approach, one event seems to hang over people’s heads like a rain cloud: the office party.

What do you wear? Do you drink? How do you avoid becoming “that person” who got drunk and ambushed the boss under the mistletoe?

The questions seem endless.

But luckily, many experts are here to lend a helping hand, so we can all relax and enjoy some festive cheer.

Drinking at the party:

“You run a risk by drinking at a party because you lower your inhibitions. The safest bet is not to drink at all.” – Etiquette expert Erik Kolbell on The Early Show.

“People who drink too much at office parties are taking the risk of seriously harming their professional careers. The chemistry you had and acted on with Jennifer at the holiday office party may seem less than romantic in the clear, sober office environment. And management may think twice about trusting you with their biggest client after your drunken Karaoke rendition of ‘Be My Baby.’ The safest way to avoid any embarrassing situations is to stay in control and limit your drinking.” – Emily Post

Avoiding awkward situations:

“Go to the party armed with some icebreaking conversation (extra-curricular activities, families, holiday plans). Circulate and socialise, but keep it upbeat and general. Don’t gossip, spread rumours or confess your sins. It’s all about achieving that fine balance of laissez-faire sociability and tactical conversation. ” – Huffington Post

Dress code:

“Your goal should be to project your personal brand. If you have a fun personality, you can go more vibrant for the evening. If you are a supervisor or trying to establish yourself as a professional, you want to carry out a look that will reflect that: donning a bright sequined top and sky-high platforms or a Grinch tie might detract.” – Dawn Stanyon, a columnist for Emily Post

What about your office – do you have a party? How do you avoid holiday party blunders?

About Ashley Wislock

Business reporter focusing on retail for the York Daily Record/Sunday News. In my spare time, I'm a social media, sports, reality TV and celebrity gossip junkie. Contact me at awislock@ydr.com or 717-771-2029!
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