December 14, 2013

5 Tips To Use The Holiday Office Party To Your Advantage

It’s the middle of December. 2013 is coming to a close. Offices across the country are in a festive mood. When is your office holiday party? Are you on the planning committee? Are you obligated to attend? Remember to party safely, professionally, and appropriately.

Office parties are fun, but it’s easy for people to cross the line from enjoyment to inappropriate. If you’re heading to an office party this holiday season, remember the cardinal rule of office parties is to always party in moderation.

No one wants to be the person who overindulges at the holiday office party. Be sure to enjoy the party, but take your party attitude back a notch to ensure that you don’t do or say anything you’ll regret. It might even be wise to use the office party as a way to advance your career.

Thanks to the Harvard Business Review, we have a few tips that can help you do just that. Try these tips this holiday season:

  1. The goal of the party is not to have fun.
  2. Spend time with the important people.
  3. Try to meet new people and grow your contact list.
  4. Plan conversation starters that don’t revolve around work. Get to know people on a personal level.
  5. Mingle with everyone. Be a social butterfly. It’s always good to know lots of people in your company.

Office parties aren’t just parties. It’s a work environment – possibly with some booze involved. Always keep the party professional. Don’t be the person who kicks backs and parties too hard. Instead be the person who mingles, engages others, smiles, and gets to know everyone. The holiday office party is a fantastic event and when it’s used wisely, it can even advance your career.

When you actively engage people and befriend them on a social level, it can really help your career. Life is all about who you know and the inter-office connections you have can help make your life easier – including your chances of getting a raise, a promotion, or just a little bit of flexibility. When you know the right people, life is good.

Your holiday office party is coming up soon. Be prepared, be sure to attend, and be the professional that you want to be. Have fun and happy holidays!

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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