In many offices in America, the holidays are a time to celebrate the victories, let go of the failures, and share in the warmth of the holiday season. For those of you lucky enough to work in an office that still throws the traditional office holiday party, here are a couple of things to remember this holiday party season.
Mind Your Words
When the drinks start flowing and music playing, we all tend to get a bit more relaxed. Always be mindful of your surroundings and of your conversations. While it may be tempting to vent about not getting that promotion, or to chew on the latest bit of office gossip, it is best to maintain your professionalism. You never know who might be leaning into your conversation. You should never say anything to anyone that you could not say to everyone (good advice any time of year).
Your CEO is NOT Mark Wahlberg
Don't use the office holiday party as a platform to forward your career. Saying thanks to your CEO for the great party is fine, but hanging around him or her like a one person entourage is probably not a good idea. Maintain some dignity, stop working, and have a good time.
Don't Be "That Person"
You know exactly who I am talking about. "That Person" is the person everyone talks about on Monday having done that thing you never thought anyone would ever do at an office function. Have a good time, but don't do things you might later regret. If you need help, get together with your trusted colleague and agree you will both keep each other in check. Karaoke is the exception to this rule. Never get between a superstar and the microphone. These are the moments we all wait for. Sing on you beautiful birds, sing on.
Enjoy Yourself and Your Friends
Lastly, remember what the holidays are all about. This time of year is about connecting with each other and remembering all of the wonderful things we have to be thankful for. Even the people you might not enjoy working with are still people in the end. They are sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, and they are just trying to do the best they can for themselves and their families. Learn to see the good in everyone and you might find your 2017 gets a little bit brighter. Happy holidays!