MN Business Tip Of The Day: Don’t Treat Work Events Like College Parties
Holiday time is party time. It’s one of the few points in the year where you get to hang out with people you work with — colleagues, clients, executives, etc. — and enjoy a cocktail, a little nosh, and some conversation. If you work for a particularly loose company, there might even be some music and dancing.
Just because this is a party doesn’t mean you should treat them like a college mixer or your weekend house party. In between the constraints of the workplace and the free-for-all of your free time is a place that we’ll call “professional casual.” In these situations, it’s totally acceptable to have a drink and a few laughs, but this is definitely not the place for you to lose all composure and start partying like it’s 1999.
-Watch your language. Cuss words, outrageous slang, and inappropriate references to people you work with are a no-no.
-Be careful of how much you drink. If you feel like that last glass of wine is going to your head, stop, grab a glass of water, and head to the ladies room for a moment to gather yourself. If you’re really starting to get out of sorts, politely excuse yourself and leave the party entirely. You’ve partied enough.
-Pick and choose your topics of conversation. This time of year, you can talk about any number of things: holiday plans, movies that have been nominated for awards, your favorite TV show, your hobbies, that book you read, that article that caught your eye, even a project that you’re looking forward to working on in the New Year. Don’t get too personal or veer into controversy.
-If there’s dancing, stick to a two-step. This isn’t a “Body Party,” a Britney-Justin dance off, or an Usher video. The dancing is there to add a little more party flavor but shouldn’t be the clarion call for crunk.