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Office Holiday Party Don’ts

As Thanksgiving rapidly approaches, you may soon be getting an email to notify you of the company office party. Thats right, I said notify, not invite. If youre thinking of being a no-show, think again. This shindig of a free meal and drink, its an opportunity.

Let The Brooklyn Reader show you how to navigate your company party and maybe earn a couple of cool points while youre at it.

Take notes kids!

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Office Party Season

Preparation is Key. Double check the invitation for keys on how to dress appropriately. If youre going bowling be sure to wear comfortable clothing and matching socks without holes in them. If the email mentions cocktail attire, look it up and abide by it. Ask the coordinator or a colleague whos been on the job longer than you what people tend to wear. Whatever you do, dont wing it. This is not the time to flaunt your individuality. If itd make Santa blush, you might want to skip it.

Keep it Cute. Were off of the playground so that old saying, if you dont have anything nice to say dont say anything at all, doesnt apply here. Youre an adult and you must at least pretend to play nice. Keep the conversation light and polite. Avoid anything controversial, politics, money or work even. This is an opportunity to chat up someone new at work and could possibly come in handy down the line. Remember that Dave Chappelle skit, When Keeping it Real Goes Wrong? Yeah, dont be that guy.

Smile, Youre On Camera. Everyone important will be there so at least pretend youre having a good time. Hey, you could be at your cubicle or at home eating leftovers, suck it up! Speaking of important people, if you work at a larger company or remotely, this could be one of the few time you are privileged enough to share air with your boss or CEO. Take advantage of the opportunity to make your presence is known. Youll want to act like you have some training here and introduce yourself with eye contact and a firm handshake.

RoxxyWrites Bonus: Offering your hand first for a handshake personifies confidence upon first meetings. So, you know, awkward introduction now, corner office later and what-not.

Treat Yourself to a Snack Beforehand. If youre like me, youre all like Free food??? Where do I sign up!?! Dont be like me. Have a snack or light meal before you get to the party so you dont look greedy and so you can spend more time socializing and less time on the buffet looking mad thirsty/hungry. Though it may not be work hours and youre outside the office, you still need to conduct yourself like you have home training. Get one plate and swing back for a single dessert later.

Come Alone and Work the Room. Unless the invitation specifically encourages you to bring your people (it wont, you know your job is cheap) leave that dude/chick you met the other night on OK Cupid at home. No, you cannot request to bring a friend and yes they will notice if your cousin wanders in towards the end. Walk around and chat with everyone, yes even that guy. Make sure you yuck it up with your bosses, laugh at their corny jokes, but dont overstay your welcome. After all, tis the season, right?

Watch Your Liquor. Though this one should be obvious, Ill still remind you to not get caught slipping. Though it could be tempting to get some liquid courage in you before interacting with the likes of your office, practice restraint. Yeah, this is a party and vodka is raining from the sky and maybe you even hate every last coworker. Still, dont fall into the liquid trap! Avoid shots at all costs, and limit yourself to one to two drinks. The one who signs your checks is likely watching, dont try it.

All is Well That Ends Well. Dont do the Irish Goodbye and leave without saying goodbye and thanking your host. Yes, you have to. You shouldnt be the first to arrive or the last to leave. And whatever you do, dont fall asleep There will be iPhone pictures and plenty of judgment. Also, yes, you are underpaid but DO NOT, under any circumstances, take home doggy bags, leftover alcohol, or extra favors. No matter what their mouth says, they WILL talk about you later.

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Happy Holidays!

I realize that its a lot to take in, and perhaps youd rather be home watching Facebook videos, but it only comes around once a year. If you want to survive to see the next one, act like you got some sense!

If all else fails, be yourself Unless yourself is ratchet. In which case, be who you want them to think you are!

Happy Holidays!

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