Enjoy Your Company’s Holiday Party–Without Risk

Although you can hardly believe it, the calendar doesn’t lie: December has arrived again. You start thinking about the customary seasonal activities–Black Friday, Cyber Monday, football bowl games, making travel plans, decorating, house guests, cooking special family meals, greeting cards, spiritual celebrations, and so much more.

Too, you remember the annual office holiday party. You will want to enjoy yourself, sure. Yet you want to fit in well without displaying excessive party behavior that could jeopardize your work relationships, or even threaten your job security.

Here’s how you can find the right balance: Watch this brief (less than six minutes) video, and jot down the guidelines I provide. Better still, if you’re a manager distribute the link to the video among your colleagues. Best yet, watch it at a staff meeting, and discuss the lessons learned.

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Enjoy the Office Party, Keep Your Reputation

During my twenty-three year management career, I attended many office parties, associating casually with my bosses and the people who reported to me. Whether the hosts referred to the events as socials, drop-ins, happy hours, or company annual parties, the purpose was about the same. Supervisors wanted to demonstrate that they could be sociable and friendly. They wanted to reward hard workers with a little fun. And they wanted members of the team to get to know each other away from the work place.

Most often, these functions were enjoyable and mutually beneficial. They fostered bonding and good will. Employees felt honored and appreciated.

Unfortunately, every now and then an employee would enjoy the festivities too much. He or she mistook the company gathering for a frat party. Consequently, this individual’s reputation took a nose dive, and in the worst instances led to a job loss.

So check my advice about how to really enjoy the corporate fun, without risking your good name and your employment.

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Please note: Even today, I use these professional behavior guidelines when I speak and deliver seminars at conferences and conventions. I remind myself that my performance off stage carries a message just as noticeable and memorable as my on stage performance.