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12 rules to follow at an office party

December 1, 2022

The holiday season is upon us and be prepared to celebrate with dignity!

You’ve been working hard all year and are already looking forward to your holiday break that is just around the corner.

Your employer has organized a nice Christmas event for the whole office. When the day comes, the stress falls and you can finally enjoy this moment surrounded by your colleagues, in a relaxed and festive mode!

Obviously, in this context, the sudden urge to “let go of your crazy” may catch you off guard.

Here are a few tips that will help you keep your head high in all circumstances, while enjoying this important moment with your family:

  • Accept the invitation: Your company has probably invested a lot of time and money to make this opportunity possible. It’s respectable to show up, at least for part of the evening or for your leadership speech.
  • Consider your escort: Follow the invitation instructions and if the opportunity to be accompanied allows, consider choosing a person who will be suitable for your environment.
  • Dress appropriately: Tailor your attire to the guidelines issued by your employer and feel free to dress up for the occasion. However, plan on dressing for a family night out, rather than a nightclub.
  • Have a snack: On the one hand, it’s wise not to drink on an empty stomach to stay in control. And on the other hand, if you’re not too hungry, it will allow you to focus on the people you’re spending this special time with, instead of focusing all your attention on the buffet.
  • Drink in moderation: Keep in mind that this is a professional party. Alcohol reduces inhibition, so drinking in moderation helps to avoid potential indecency.
  • Have positive discussions: There are a few world-renowned topics to avoid when having fun with people you work with: religion, politics, money, etc. In addition, in this type of event, it is often more enjoyable to take your mind off of work-related topics.
  • Put your phone away: Limit your phone use and live in the moment. If necessary, isolate yourself to answer your important calls and messages. Definitely avoid filming or taking compromising photos.
  • Be respectful: Obviously, avoid any discomfort that might come from wandering hands, inappropriate comments or giving too much embarrassing information about yourself or others.
  • Respect cultural diversity: Keep in mind that differences flourish within organizations. A “Merry Christmas” is not for everyone and consider wishing everyone a “Happy Holidays” if you have any doubts.
  • Thank the organizers: They have probably invested a lot of time in the organization, they will appreciate your gesture and will be encouraged to create an event just as nice next year.
  • Be careful: Ask about policies regarding your company’s return options. Otherwise, choose a safe option (Nez Rouge, Uber, Taxi, carpooling, etc.). Everyone knows that drinking a little too much and driving is not an option.
  • Have fun: It’s an annual opportunity to bond with colleagues as well as to chat in a joyful atmosphere, so make the most of it! Be thankful and celebrate, a year goes by so quickly!

We hope you enjoy this special event with your team!

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