With the holiday season in full swing, you may have been invited to a few office holiday parties. Well, xfinity.com has 13 tips for you for that holiday office party. Do you have any extra tips? What do you do at the parties?
Forget to Eat Something First: It’s a rule every guest should abide by when heading out to a party. When you know there is going to be alcohol in your future, have a snack like cheese and crackers or pretzels before you go regardless of how hungry or not so hungry you are.
Lick Your Fingers Before You Shake Your Boss’s Hand: Whether they’re passing duck spring rolls or chicken fingers, don’t ever lick the last of the crumbs off the fingers on your right hand in haste when someone approaches you especially if it’s someone senior.
Mistake Festive Dress for Something Slinky: While the party might not be in the office, the traditional office dress code should be kept in mind when adding a little festive flair.
Enjoy the ‘Nog Too Much: It’s rich, creamy and oh so sweet. But it packs a boozy punch and it might not hit you until it’s too late.
Whine about the food: At the end of the day, the office holiday party is a generous gesture that isn’t required of the powers that be. So be thankful there is at least something to drink, hopefully booze and something edible.
Hog the Camera: Sure, knocking back a few at the party is a must — it’s a once-a-year affair, after all but posing for too many pictures with all those good-looking interns might come back to bite you the next day when pictures start circulating around the office in typical rumor-mill fashion especially if you have a glass in hand.
Get a Little Too Close to the Interns: You’re older and they’re impressionable and cute. Don’t take advantage of the situation and mistake their eagerness to please (and get a job) for something more.
Be the First to Arrive and Last to Leave: OK, some days we’ll take any excuse to leave the office early. And when it’s a party thrown by your company, why not arrive right on time? Yet be wary of the difference between having a good time and being greedy.
Continue the Office Gossip: Nothing beats office gossip but the holiday office party is not the place to talk about the hottest topics that are usually saved for whispers around the water cooler.
Unleash Anger: Whether you’re mad at your colleague and his ineptitude or frustrated with the lousy performance of your stock portfolio don’t take out your anger on colleagues or worst your boss at the office party.
Take Someone Else’s Coat: You’re cold, tired and drunk. But at the end of the night be patient with the coat-check people, they’ve got a tough job and mix-ups are inevitable and be extra vigilant that the coat they give you is yours.
Make Friends with the Xerox Machine: Nothing good ever happens when you combine alcohol, office parties and copy machines.
Forget to Say Thank You: Be sure that you find your boss at some point during the night to talk and at the very least say thank you.