Don’t let your staffers become a walking punchline on Monday after the holiday office party, be on the lookout for these common blunders.
Bringing someone who doesn’t belong. Many companies are expected to hold smaller, more intimate gatherings this holiday season. So, follow this general rule: If you’re not 100% positive you can bring a guest, then don’t.
Becoming too socially lubricated. A holiday party is an extension of the office, not your local dive bar. At every party, some staffer (or staffers) imbibes a bit too much. At best it can be embarrassing — at worst it can cost you your job. At the same time, don’t go around asking drinkless co-workers why they’re not indulging. It’s awkward for everyone when someone has to justify not drinking or explain the virtues of AA.
Not shutting up about work. While you’re supposed to remain professional, it’s important to remember to leave shop talk out of the party. Holiday parties are meant to be a respite from the rigors of the daily grind, not informal meetings that serve eggnog.
Trying to be a comedian. In a relaxed setting with a little liquid courage, it’s easy to take your co-workers’ laughter as a sign to step it up a notch. But be aware of where the line is and stay away from off-color jokes and comments or gossip about co-workers that could potentially create vicious rumors.
Got a ridiculous story about your own holiday office party or a faux pas that didn’t make the list? Feel free to add it to our comments section.