It’s the holiday season and for many of us that means there will be office parties, luncheons, maybe even drinks with the co-workers. If you’re anything like me, you look forward to spending some time outside of the office with everyone.
There are a few rules you should keep in mind when taking part in these office festivities.
It is ok to be friendly and have a drink with your co-workers. However, keep in mind that these people are not your childhood buddies and one drink is more than enough to be social. Not drinking at all is probably the best approach but if you’re going to drink make sure you keep it to a minimum. Remember that the next day you are still going to need to be respected and get your job done. Going shot for shot with the boss is not going to win you a promotion any time soon. On the contrary, it may wind up getting you fired.
What you wear says a lot about you: You have been invited to an office function. When choosing what to wear remember that you are not dressing for a club, hanging with your friends or a day at the country club. Find something comfortable but appropriate. For the guys a pair of slacks and a button down is always a safe choice. For the women a nice knee length dress or skirt with a twin set or sweater are great choices. This is not the time to express your individuality.
For those that are lucky enough to be able to bring their significant others to the party please remember that public displays of affection can make others very uncomfortable.
Remember to mingle. There is no reason you should sit at your table all night. Remember to use this opportunity to get to know people in other departments. Maybe you’ve always wanted to know what a certain department does. This is the time to introduce yourself to someone in that department and ask questions. Maybe even mention that you are willing to volunteer to take on some of their work just so you can learn. Remember that networking is very important.
There will be pictures. Lots of pictures and in today’s social networking world a lot of those pictures will wind up on the internet, on someone’s FaceBook page or Twitter. Remember to not give anyone reason to question your actions.
If you have to ask whether or not you should do something, most likely your should not do it. Be popular because you’re smart and a good paralegal, not because you got someone’s number at the office holiday party.