Office parties can make (or break!) your career
SEE ALSO :Ask a hustler: 3 traits for successTime to patch things up. Sometimes things may become heated up at the office, so this is the time to smooth things over. Developing emotional bonds and raising your likeability quotient with colleagues is essential for the well-being of your job - when you need someone to hold down the forte when you’re on, say, sick leave, at least you know you have a few people who have your back. Do not invite inappropriate guests. If allowed to bring a guest, ensure they are conversant with your office’s etiquette. While the party isn’t meant to be full of stiff banter, your bosses and colleagues are listening, evaluating and judging how you come across and what you say. So, enlighten your plus one on how to, if at all, approach issues such as race, religion and politics. You may actually like the party. Office parties, even though it’s an unwritten rule, are informally compulsory. Think of them this way… you may find them awkward, and so do others in your office. Therefore, if they can show up and have a good time, so can you… and you might end up enjoying your time. Don’t be the last man standing. Leave at a reasonable time. According to US motivational speaker and career coach Heather Monahan, “It’s great that you attended the party and networked and made a solid impression, now get the hell out of there. She adds that once you have seen a few people leave, it is time for you to make your excuse known and get out. Nothing good happens at the end of the night. Follow up. Keep the conversation light during the party. Do not monopolise anyone’s time. However, if you made a great connection with someone, follow up with them after the holidays with an email. This is a connection that might mentor you in some way, thus, in the email let them know that you enjoyed the conversation during the party and invite them to coffee once the holidays are over. Cultivate the relationship.
Even though it’s a great opportunity for quality time with colleagues, an office party should be about mingling, not brainstorming. Be aware of people’s subtle cues if they’re looking to make a graceful exit from too much shop talk. 2. Bringing everyone down An office party is not the place to unload your bah-humbug attitude, complain about injustice or wallow in woe. Keep a cheery disposition and offer upbeat discussion topics.
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Steer clear of contentious issues involving politics or religion. Opt for lighter fare instead, like your favourite restaurants, good books, interesting travel destinations or entertainment news. 4. Drinking too much
Don’t overindulge in alcoholic beverages at the open bar. That old adage is true: “Loose lips sink ships,” or in this case, careers. When your judgment is impaired, you’re more likely to do or say something that you’re sure to regret, but your boss is sure to remember. 5. Showing up starving
Eating a bite beforehand will help you focus your attention on those around you, rather than on the buffet table.