It’s that time again – the season of yuletide joy, beautiful lights, gift-giving, and holiday office parties. But remember that a holiday office party is still an office party. You may be having a merry time with co-workers, but it’s important to remember that you still represent the entity that signs your paycheck. Here are some valuable tips for following proper party etiquette:
Read the invitation. How awkward would it be to be the only one wearing jeans when the invitation clearly indicated a formal venue. The invitation will give you clues as to what kind of party it will be. For example, a daytime party at a public park will be more casual and family-oriented than a party that starts at 9:00 p.m. at a reception room that has been reserved for your company. The invitation will also indicate how many guests you can bring.
Stay Off Your Phone. There are a couple of reasons to leave your cell phone in your purse or pocket. For starters, it’s a party. You don’t need to be talking or texting at the same time that you are celebrating with friends. In addition, it might be tempting to take pictures or video of colleagues that may be having too good of a time. If you just can’t resist snapping a few shots, make sure that they are appropriate in nature.