Don’t Play Yourself: Office Holiday Party Etiquette

December 13, 2011 ‐ By Grace N. Edwards

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It’s that time of year again. Holiday cheer is in full effect and your company is throwing the annual holiday celebration complete with food, fellowship and an open bar. It’s rewarding to celebrate a long year of putting in work with your co-workers, but beware. When liquor is flowing freely in a festive atmosphere, it’s very easy to let professionalism slip away. A 2010 poll by human resource firm Adecco reveals that 40% of Americans have seen or suffered a major indiscretion at a work-sponsored holiday event. That’s a shocking percentage of messy behavior. Nearly a quarter of folks surveyed admit to drinking too much and a full 14% of holiday partiers have behaved so badly they lost their jobs. In this economy, that’s not a game. Here are some tips to avoid common holiday party faux-pas.

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  • I have one rule for holiday office parties: don’t go. I’d rather hear about the crazy things that happened and the dirty laundry someone blurted out while drunk than be part of that mess. My first and only office party ended with 3 people in jail, a broken marriage, and a busted banquet hall. And all i did was watch. Not doing that ever again.

    • Miss K

      oookay! just had my company holiday party last night – I thought it was great.

  • Girliusmaximus

    Lol. I didn’t know people still wore apple bottom jeans…Skip the holiday party if you think your behavior is going to have you in the unemployment line. (Then the food stamp line, and whatever other government line there is)

  • Isis Marceline

    Someone just got fired Friday for acting up at the holiday party! SHe was stumbling around drunk, and questioning HR about the size of the Holday bonuses. yeah……….Shes outta there

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  • IllyPhilly

    So don’t tell boss’s wife we’re screwing, got it!