company holiday partyTis the season.

While we all hurry to finish our holiday shopping, and close out the year strong, it’s also a time to celebrate with family, friends…and coworkers. Your calendar is probably already starting to fill up with holiday party invitations. One of your favorite (or least favorite) invitations will most likely be your company holiday party. Even though a party is a party, it can still be daunting to navigate the cocktail-infused waters among a sea of coworkers you may not know too well outside of the office.

The company holiday party is a time to have fun and network…OR, for some, it’s a time to misbehave and make a bad impression. So how do you go about surviving and thriving at your company party without tarnishing your professional image?

Here are the top 18 do’s and don’ts to ace the company holiday party.

  1. DO attend. Even if this party is not at the top of your list, it’s still something you should attend. This is a chance to get to know your coworkers better. It’s a casual environment that can help enhance your career.

    Anti-social at a party

  2. DO socialize with coworkers you typically do not interact with. Treat each person with respect and make an effort to introduce yourself to people you have not met yet.
  3. DON’T sit in a corner or spend the night texting friends. If you’re going to make an effort to attend, make the effort to be both physically and mentally present.
  4. DON’T spend all evening talking business or use this as an opportunity to vent about things you are unhappy with. Remember not to gossip about coworkers or management.
  5. DO keep conversations upbeat and positive. You don’t want to be the person that is complaining whole time about the party or worse your job.
  6. DON’T be offended by how people wish you Happy Holidays. There are many holidays being celebrated this time of year, remember that, but don’t be offended if it’s not the one you’re celebrating.
  7. DO spend at least 30 minutes to an hour at the party. Even if you don’t plan on staying long, make sure people see you and know that you were there before you do an early exit.

    flirting with coworkers

  8. DON’T over-stay and be the last person to