According to Pachter & Associates president and business etiquette expert Barbara Pachter, one should view office parties as business activities rather than social events. Drugs and alcohol can destroy your perspective and permanently alter how management and colleagues see you. Seriously consider the following recommendations as you prepare for the next office party.
Dress for the Occasion
You don’t want to become the topic of discussion at the party or work. Your attire matters. Sweatshirts, flip-flops, and seductive dresses are poor choices and could harm your professional reputation. Remember, it’s a business social event.
Be a Good Guest
Professional social events provide a unique opportunity to allow personal and business relationships to flourish. Don’t hang around with a couple of friends in the corner of the room. Meet new people, listen more than you talk and compliment others on their knowledge and accomplishments. You never know who will contribute to the advancement of your career.
Enjoy the Party
It is a party, after all. Mingle widely, and allow your personality to shine. Let people know that you’re genuinely enjoying yourself. Most people are attracted to positive and optimistic individuals. If you’re the kind of person that never knows quite what to say at a social gathering, give the matter some thought before leaving for the party.
Don’t Stuff Yourself
Keep in mind that business social events are really about the people, not the food or drinks. You can always eat when you get home. Sample the foods you like, but focus on the people rather than your meal.
Go Easy on the Alcohol
Getting drunk or even a little tipsy at an office party is never a good idea. Consider ordering a drink that you don’t particularly care for and slowly sip your way through the event. We all know how alcohol and drugs can influence behavior, so go easy on the alcohol and refrain from drug usage.
Always be particularly polite to your hosts and colleagues. It isn’t polite to arrive fashionably late, and it’s always best to announce your departure. Once again, office parties provide an opportunity to invest in relationships and promote professional advancement. Therefore, you should spend every minute of a business social event wisely.
These recommendations are not intended to take the fun out of a holiday party, but rather, to help you keep things in proper perspective. Don’t drink too much, mingle with colleagues, and have a great time! Few things bring people together as well as a photo booth from A Cut Above Photo Booth! Our booths have magic green screens, custom overlays, and social media sharing options available for your South Florida corporate event. Contact us today to discuss a photo booth rental for your next event!