Etiquette Friday – Annual Office Party

By Angela Marshall, 30th Nov 2012

It’s Friday and the day I request you join me in my campaign for 2012 to change “Casual Friday” to “Etiquette Friday”, to get people and companies involved. If we consciously make an effort every Friday then hopefully it will become a habit every day. I challenge you to make one small change a week and by the end of the year let’s hope we have a more pleasant and positive society.

Annual Office Party

It’s coming to the time of year when there are office parties, lunches and dinners. It is a wonderful time to get to know your colleagues, including your bosses, in a more informal environment and get to know them more personally.  It’s also an opportunity to show your social skills.

Unfortunately it can also be a time when people misbehave, can be rude and disrespectful to their colleagues. This can lead to a bad relationship in the office and even effect prospects of promotion. Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development suggests 10% of workers know of a colleague who has either been disciplined or dismissed for inappropriate behaviour at the office merrymaking bash. The reasons can vary from sexual harassment; bullying to discrimination and fighting or threatening behaviour.

Remember at any event, even when social, your employer is responsible for the protection and safety of their employees, and these rules still apply at the office party. So your employer is obligated to take appropriate disciplinary action where necessary.

So what can you do to stay out of trouble?

What to consider:

Have a good appearance, choose something that compliments you and your wardrobe personality, but remember you are still with your office people, so be polite and courteous to everyone.

10 Don’ts

  1. Over indulge in alcohol
  2. Overeat and find you are ill
  3. Tittle-tattle about your bosses or colleagues
  4. Become too familiar with your bosses or colleagues and then be embarrassed afterwards or embarrass them
  5. Wear inappropriate outfits –  too revealing, too over the top
  6. Be too early or too late
  7. Spend time on your mobile
  8. Use the camera at inappropriate scenes
  9. Be the last to leave unless you are in a group
  10. Be rude – always be courteous and do not interrupt or talk too much. Never talk down to people

7 Table Manners Reminders

  1. Drink is on the right and bread plate is on the left
  2. Use cutlery from outside in
  3. Offer to pass items to people either side of you
  4. Do not stretch over people
  5. Do not eat too quickly or loudly
  6. Don’t talk with your mouth full
  7. Don’t drink and eat at the same time

Finally, thank the organiser and host; it has taken them a lot of time and effort and they will appreciate it and will remember you in a positive way.

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