December 03, 2009
'Tis the Season for Office Holiday Parties…or 'Tis It?
Chances are this economically tumultuous year will end with a muted holiday celebration -- at least at work. According to a survey by Challenger, Gray and Christmas, 62% of companies are planning holiday parties this year (down from 77% in 2008 and 90% in 2007). And those companies that are planning office holiday parties are likely not living as large as they have in years past. Lunches are replacing dinners, potlucks and catered in-office events are replacing hotel bashes.
On a positive note, gatherings focused on charity and community giving are gaining in popularity and participation. For example, according to this Houston Chronicle article, the local KPMG office is getting employees together to sew and stuff teddy bears to be distributed with books to disadvantaged children. It's a different type of holiday cheer that for many feels better considering the current state of affairs.
If your company is having a holiday event, you need to be prepared. Appropriate office party etiquette can help you make a great impression, just as one false move could tarnish your reputation, or worse, your career. Remember: Even though it's a labeled a party, it's really a business event. You need to:
· Have fun, but in moderation.
· Dress appropriately for the occasion.
· Find out if it is a "plus one" event.
· Talk to people outside your immediate work team (this is a great opportunity for professional networking).
· Thank the party coordinators.
So how is your company celebrating the holidays this year? Do you agree with the plans?
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You mean it's not a good idea to get incredibly sloshed? Aw, darn.
Just kidding, these are some great tips to follow.
Posted by: Tony | Dec 9, 2009 12:53:05 AM
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