Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Tips for a successful holiday office party

Don't treat your office gala like just any other shindig. It may be held after hours or off-site, but you're still in a work setting, surrounded by your co-workers and bosses. Inappropriate behavior is sure to be noticed, and it could hurt your career.

Monster, the job search Web site, has this advice:

  • Drink in moderation. It's not in good taste to get sloshed with your bosses and co-workers. You don't want to say or do something under the influence that could haunt you on Monday morning.

  • Dress appropriately. It may be tempting to pull out your holiday finest, but don't wear anything that would tarnish your image as a professional. For women, anything too short, tight or revealing is a no-go.

  • Check the guest list. Before you bring your wife or boyfriend to the fete, make sure significant others and spouses are really invited.

  • Time it right. Don't show up 15 minutes before the party ends just to ''make an appearance.'' Conversely, partying into the wee hours doesn't look so smart either.

  • Network with the top brass. If you don't mingle with the company chief executive, vice presidents or other higher-ups on a daily basis, the company party may be your chance to get noticed. Introduce yourself and socialize with others outside your normal work circle.

  • Say thank you. Planning an office party requires a lot of work, so be sure to thank the organizers. It's the right thing to do — and you'll set yourself apart from the other employees who aren't as courteous.
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