Sunday, December 18th, 2016

How Not To Be ‘That’ Employee At Your Office Holiday Party

It is that time of the year again; holiday party season! While I am sure that we have all been to holiday parties before, the way you act at your best friend’s holiday party should be different from your behavior at your office holiday party. Here are a few tips to guarantee you have a good time and act appropriately at your office holiday party:

  • Go with an open mind
  • Don’t just talk about work
  • Don’t post to social media
  • Don’t expect a frat party

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The office holiday party has long-been a popular punch line in comedies. Who can forget Elaine Benes’ questionable dance moves at her holiday office party on Seinfeld or Michael Scott’s portrayal of Santa on The Office and, this month, the movie Office Christmas Party promises to take the holiday office party to a whole new level of craziness.

Yet, despite how pop culture portrays holiday parties, employees say they actually enjoy holiday parties, according to a 2016 TriNet survey of more than 4,000 U.S. workers. In fact, 37% said they were somewhat excited for their party and 28% said they were very excited with only 5% showing no enthusiasm.

However, more than half (55%) of employees said they feel obligated to attend the holiday party, according to another 2016 survey of more than 3,600 job seekers by online career network Beyond. That survey also found that nearly half of employees (46%) said there is always that one or two employees who get too wild or inappropriate at their holiday party

Employees often forget that the office holiday party isn’t just an opportunity to enjoy free food and drinks; it’s also a great networking opportunity. Here are six ways to make the most of your holiday party and avoid being that employee who gets too wild.

Go with an open mind

Holiday parties are a great opportunity to get to know your coworkers beyond just the cubicle or lunchroom, says LinkedIn Career Expert Catherine Fisher. “Who knows?” she says, “You may even find your next yoga partner, game-day buddy or work BFF.”

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