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Office Party Dos and Don’ts

By Paperstone on December 1, 2016 in Fun, Office Life, Office Workers


The social minefield called the office party is upon us – so here are some dos and don’ts for enjoying corporate festivities.

  • DO check out the dress code before you go and play it safe if in doubt. The office party is not the place to wear that “bit too slinky little dress” or dodgy suit.
  • DO go armed with some social ice-breakers- ask about people’s holiday plans, children or hobbies outside of work, and avoid controversial topics like politics or religion.
  • DO have fun and unwind – but DON’T drink too much. You might end up confessing your sins, flirting inappropriately, or worse! DON’T let the free booze lull you into a false sense of security- your superiors are still watching and may call you to account. If you know your limit and stick to it, then you can present yourself in the best possible light.
  • DON’T trap people in long conversations, however much you like them. That person probably wants to talk to other people, and other people want to talk to them. DO spend a few minutes with each person and circulate. If you’re a shy person, concentrate on asking questions and getting to know people better (it helps to take the focus off yourself).
  • DO watch your tongue. DON’T gossip about colleagues or spread rumours – they might get back to the person concerned and you will appear less trustworthy to your colleagues if they hear you dishing the dirt on someone else.
  • DO stay an appropriate length of time. Leaving too soon may look anti-social or unappreciative, especially if someone has spent weeks planning the party
  • DO send a thank-you note or email to the host or organiser the next day





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