Are you heading out to an office holiday party this week or next? If so, this note is for you.
This note is especially targeted to readers who may head out this weekend or this next week to the potentially fun and exciting office holiday party. Potentially, I say, because the stories readers share about the behavior at their office parties are enough to make your hair stand on end.
The office party during the holidays, or any other time of the year, is a key professional opportunity to mingle casually with coworkers, impress bosses, and get to know people you don't see every day.
Unfortunately, the holiday office party is also a prime opportunity to ruin your professional reputation, alienate coworkers, and fail to capitalize on networking opportunities.
I've shared the most egregious office party blunders in the Top Seven Office Party Gaffes. These are the seven most common office party blunders. Heed them. Some are missed opportunities, but some may cost you your career.
Missed Opportunities at the Office Party
I'd like to add a few of the missed opportunity blunders here. Many employees avoid the CEO and the VPs, and even their own boss, at the office party. This is a huge missed opportunity to bring yourself and your significant other to their attention.
They are at the office party to talk with employees and get to know you as a person in their organization. Give them the opportunity. Perhaps that VP will remember your charm when the next career opportunity is available. Don't monopolize the time or the attention of the bosses, but do interact with them the way you would with your other coworkers.
Another missed opportunity occurs when you hang with your friends. You see and interact with them every day. The office party allows you to meet new coworkers and people from departments across the company. Do make an effort to talk with the people you don't know. I know, it takes a stretch of courage if you're more introverted by nature as I am, but it's worth your time.
Who knows when you may work with these people in the future or what career opportunities may exist in their organizations for you. And, you may actually meet someone you want to get to know better. It's easier to start a friendship with commonalities such as the same employer. (The introvert link is to the Wizard of Ads' insightful commentary about introverts and extroverts.)
One of the most important secrets I've learned in life is that my focus needs to be, not on how a situation impacts me, but on the positive impact I can bring to others.
Reader Responses: Do you have an office party story to tell? Please share your experiences with office party blunders.
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