Holiday Office Parties: Don’t Sabotage Your Career


You work hard all year. Holiday office parties are a time to relax, have fun and get to know your co-workers better.  But watch it, or you may undermine your chances for raises and promotions. You’re not on the clock, but for all intents and purposes, you’re still on the job.

Here are some tips to keep your behavior under control, and still have a good time at your office party:

  • Dress modestly.  If you want pizzazz, go for flashy jewelry.  The office party is not the place to show off your new revealing outfit, especially if you care about your professional image.
  • Limit alcohol. You’ll be less likely to say and do things that you’ll later regret.  If you tend to have “way too much fun” when you drink, stay dry at the office party.
  • Watch your mouth. Cursing and sexual innuendos may be taken the wrong way, even at parties. Play it safe by using language that won’t haunt you 6 months from now.
  • Keep your hands to yourself.  Under the guise of “fun” some folks get a bit too touchy-feely at parties.  Don’t risk sexual harassment charges.  If hugging is the norm among your coworkers, hug them as you would your great aunt.
  • Assume that photos will be taken and posted online.  These photos can stay online forever. Years from now, how would you like to be depicted?

Photo from *Clos* Photostream via Flickr

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