April 18, 2022 Category: Human Resources (6 minutes read)

How to Survive the Holiday Office Party, Reputation Intact

How to Survive the Holiday Office Party, Reputation Intact

This article will focus on five tips that should almost guarantee you can safely navigate the often dangerous waters of the holiday party.

This is the season for office holiday parties. These can be festive and fun if everyone behaves well. It can be dangerous if there are too many people having a good time.


This happens all too often.


"People should remember that, although holiday parties are a time for celebration, they are still business events and how you behave matters," Barbara Pachter, an expert in etiquette and author of "The Essentials of Business Etiquette", says.


1. Participate in the party. You must attend the party if you want to see a future together. While you don't have to stay for the entire time, neither should you. However, it is important that you are visible. If you are not invited and your partner is annoyed by your absence, stress the importance of attending the event. It is an official company function. You can bet someone will take a note of who attended the event. Before you bring guests, find out if they are allowed to join you. Many parties are limited to employees only.


2. You should dress appropriately. People love to gossip, so you don't want people talking about what you wore. It can be dangerous if there are too many people having a good time. Avoid wearing too flashy or too revealing clothing.


3. You can have fun, relax, and enjoy your office party. But you should do it in moderation. It doesn't matter if you eat from the buffet or play drinking games with your coworkers. If you are concerned about alcohol, or if you're a light drinker, take extra precautions. It's not necessary to approach every partygoer and have a lengthy conversation. No matter your political beliefs, you shouldn't say, "Merry Christmas!" If you don't have a personal connection with the person being addressed, do not address everyone at the party. They are not called Christmas parties but holiday parties. This is because different religions celebrate different holidays.


4. Mingle and Network. It's okay to have fun with office friends at the party, but you should really make the rounds and meet other people -- especially top management and guests from out of town. Talking about yourself is not a good idea. However, it's a good idea to have a conversation with your colleagues and share the successes of your team. You can make yourself more known, but not in a bad way. Keep in mind that you shouldn't talk business all night. Also, keep your personal conversations light and positive. Avoid talking about politics or religion. You should never say anything negative or sexist about your boss or company coworkers (as shown in the second story).


5. Keep your manners in check. The party is a business function, so it's a good idea to behave well. This means adhering to common etiquette guidelines. You shouldn't be paranoid, but remember that your behaviour at holiday parties can have a serious impact on your career prospects. Even if you don't like them, be polite and greet everyone. Always thank the party planner or office manager for organizing it. Experts recommend that you send a thank-you note to show your appreciation for the party the next day.

A new CareerBuilder survey has revealed that 66% of employers plan to throw a holiday party in the coming year. Here are some simple rules of etiquette to help you keep your company's reputation and job security.


- Don't skip it.


If you don't have any other plans for the night, you should show up at the office holiday party.

In an interview with SHRM Online, she stated that "one, the fact you can get to know your coworkers outside of work, connect and bond with them, laugh and not just have it revolve around business and what needs get done." It does create a different kind of bond than what you do every day in the 9-to-5 world.


Pratt and other HR professionals believe there are some keys to hosting a successful party that is trouble-free.


  1. Limit the hours. Events should start after work to avoid employees being tempted to party before they arrive. To reduce drunkenness, she suggested that the party be limited to three hours. She also recommended telling bartenders that they cannot serve shots.
  2. Offer rides. David Lewis, the president and CEO at OperationsInc, a Norwalk, Conn., outsourcing and consulting company in HR, said that shorter parties are more beneficial. He suggested that executives of companies think about safe ways to transport employees home. Lewis stated that some clients hire Uber drivers to transport workers to parties and homes.
  3. Write a "respect" memo. Philippe Weiss is the managing director at Seyfarth Shaw at Work. This law firm specializes in compliance services and training. Weiss is located in Chicago.
  4. Invite spouses. Weiss stated that spouses are often invited by companies for their common sense. They can be the 'better half' who tempers the worst instincts of their mates.
  5. You can get rid of the mistletoe. Forget about "party games that require you to reveal personal secrets, or physical contact [or] body contortions" or any other form of disrobing. Weiss stated that party games could pose all kinds of unknown risks.
  6. Limit alcohol consumption. "Have you developed a plan to make sure that you are not giving alcohol to others and then sending them along the road where they could be to some degree responsible for their conditions and the results? Lewis asked.


  1. He said, "Play it just like any other game of chess." Think three to four moves ahead. What are the risks if I offer alcohol to everyone? How can I manage this? Perhaps you limit alcohol to two drinks per person and offer it only through a ticket system. Perhaps you keep all keys at the door so no one feels left out.
  2. Serve more than just-drinks. Pratt stated that parties could be kept in check by having planned activities. She said, "If you have an event, such as a white elephant gift swap or something else to do, it breaks up the time of just going back and forth to the bar." "People are interacting in a way they wouldn't normally, and you take up a half an hour or 45 minutes. You're focusing more on a team-building event than having more drinks.
  3. Monitor behaviour. Sharlyn Lauby SHRM-SCP, President of ITM Group Inc. in Miami/Fort Lauderdale, Fla., an HR0 consulting firm, said it was important to monitor behaviour. However, she stressed that the person should not be from the HR department.

She said, "I have always felt that employees were waiting for HR to leave the party so they can let loose a bit." "So, after the speeches and entrees had been served, I went. A senior manager would ensure that things did not get out of control. 

  1. Last Thoughts on Surviving an Office Party/Social Event

Common sense and etiquette are the best tips for business social events. No matter whether the party is held at work or at a local restaurant or hotel, it's still an office event. You should act in line with company protocol. Poor behaviour at holiday parties has led to people losing their jobs and other people losing their lives. This article will help you enjoy the party safely and protect your reputation!