Holiday Office Parties Dos and Don’ts

By Paula Santonocito

holiday-office-party-dos-and-donts‘Tis the season to socialize with your coworkers. Here’s how to have fun while keeping it professional.

Party time. It doesn’t matter whether your employer is holding this year’s holiday party at the office or off site. Nor does it matter if it takes place at lunchtime or after hours.

It’s still a work-related event. Repeat: a work-related event.

What does this mean?

Leave the low-cut party dress in the closet. Yes, you look stunning in it. You’ll wow everyone. You may even be the center of attention—but this isn’t the kind of attention you want.

Still not convinced? Picture overhearing your coworkers talking about how your girls had a night out. Uh huh.

The same rule applies to dresses, skirts, and tops that are too short or too tight.

This doesn’t mean you can’t wear something a little more festive; just remember it should be appropriate. When in doubt, err on the side of conservative.

Watch your alcohol intake. You may think you can hold your liquor, but don’t risk going anywhere near your perceived limit at a work-related event.

For one thing, your true limit is probably less than you realize. And, more importantly, one too many drinks can turn you into a babbling fool or worse.

If you find yourself feeling the effects, switch to a non-alcoholic beverage. Better safe than sorry (there’s a reason it’s a cliché).

Avoid behavior that might be construed as flirtatious. Okay, you already know not to sidle up to an attractive coworker with a drink in your hand while batting your eyelashes.

But other behavior, such as standing too close to the other person, also sends a message.