Don’t Forget the Boss is Watching
(If you are serious about your career)
The office holiday party can be tricky business. Below are some tips to help make it work to your advantage.
1. Attend unless you have a very good reason not to, it’s part of the job.
2. Dress appropriately for the occasion. Business attire is appropriate when the party is right after work. Remember the office party is part of your job. It is better to dress more conservatively no matter when the party is held. Looking professional is important.
3. Eat and drink in moderation. The safest bet is not to drink at all.
4. Know who will be there ahead of time. Have an idea about what to talk about. Open ended questions allow the other person to do most of the talking. Avoid work topics. Subjects like current events make interesting conversation.
5. Introduce yourself to your organization’s higher-ups and mingle with people from other departments. This is an opportunity to build business relationships and to promote yourself. Don’t gossip or reveal too much personal information.
6. Check beforehand if spouses or significant others are invited. If you bring a guest coach him or her on what to wear and what to say. Your guest’s behavior will reflect on you.
7. Displaying affection is a no no.
8. Have an exit strategy. Stay at least an hour. Leave before it ends. If the party is from 6 to 8 leave at 7:45.
9. Be sure to thank those who coordinated the party. Send a follow up email!
When choosing an outfit to wear to the office party be sure it is flattering for your figure type, that it fits well (not too short, too long, too tight or too low cut) and that the color flatters your skin color.
If you have a red or green dress or suit, wear it the day of your Christmas Party or a more stylish suit in a basic color.
If you choose a basic color, dress it up with a silk scarf with red and/or green colors or something metallic.
For a Saturday evening party you can always wear something simple in silk, velvet or satin. These fabrics are very festive.
“What I don’t like about office parties is looking for a job the next day.” Phyllis Diller