Remember Your Manners at the Office PartyBy Angela Marshall, 1st Dec 2014
It’s the time of year when most companies have an office party. You may be looking forward to it or actually dreading the event. Think positively and see the event as an opportunity to speak to people you don’t normally get a chance to see or speak to and get to know some new colleagues on a social basis.
However, remember you will face your bosses and colleagues tomorrow and in the future, so ensure you do not blow your reputation by misbehaving, getting drunk or making a nuisance of yourself. Give a positive image and show how you can socialise professionally.
Reminders of the Do’s and Don’ts
- Dress to impress, not shock – wear something festive and fun but appropriate, wear something that fits you well and expresses your wardrobe personality. Something different to your office image but reflects you.
- Be on time, don’t stay late at work.
- Mix and mingle with colleagues and chat to people you don’t know or see rarely, make conversation and get to know them better.
- Be polite and courteous to everyone, even the people you don’t like very much.
- Smile and look like you are enjoying yourself, relax and you will!
- Have good table manners.
- Look good the next day – make an effort even if you don’t feel your best!
- Over indulge in alcohol.
- Overeat and find you are ill.
- Gossip about your bosses or colleagues.
- Become too familiar with your bosses or colleagues.
- Spend time on your mobile or inappropriately use your camera.
- Don’t eat too quickly or talk with your mouth full.
- Be the last to leave.
If a colleague has organised the event ensure you thank them and make a positive comment; they will appreciate it and remember you in a positive way.