The season of holiday office parties is upon
us so it’s time to brush up on your holiday
office party etiquette. Holiday office parties
are events that can help you advance your
career and leave a favorable impression or
can sink it quicker than the Titanic hitting
that huge iceberg. Let me give you some tips
on navigating your way through the holiday
office party scene so you can avoid hitting
a career killing iceberg.
First, here are some examples of critical
mistakes and key success factors concerning
holiday office parties.
3 Critical Mistakes
Drink too much.
Blow off the party.
Talk business the entire time.
3 Key Success Factors
Remember, it’s an OFFICE social
event, not a party.
Introduce yourself to people you don’t
know, especially the big boss.
Demonstrate that you can handle business
social situations with grace
Here are some action steps to
help you successfully navigate your way through
the annual holiday office party.
Set a Networking Goal: Identify
individuals who could influence your career
or next project and introduce yourself.
Offer to be a resource for them.
Be Professional & Upbeat: Be
on your best professional behavior &
don’t forget that your behavior is being
observed. Don’t gossip, whine or brag.
Be Gracious & Show Appreciation:
Thank your coworkers for their help
during the past year and be sure to thank
the person responsible for putting on the
If All Else Fails And
You’ve Blown It
Monday Morning Groveling: Be sure
to get in bright and early Monday morning
in order to start your round of groveling
Following these simple action steps can move
your career forward and keep you from hitting
a career ending iceberg.