How to Survive your Holiday Party Part II

It’s officially Office Holiday Party Season and if you have not yet engaged in this festive celebration  where you finally get to see Suzy from accounting let off some steam…be warned! There are actually holiday party rules that you MUST follow…unless you don’t mind earning that one way ticket to HR.   

How to Dress: Any ugly holiday sweater will do or rock a nice sport coat with a button down and tie. Ladies…a holiday party is no time to earn a raise…so wear something classy and leave the cleavage bearing tops for Pamela Anderson. SantaCon is over, so please don’t show up in a santa suit, otherwise you’re just going to make “come sit on Santa’s lap” jokes all night. Really, we’re saving you from yourself and lawsuits.

Occasionally grabbing passed appetizers as they come your way, and making — at most — two trips to that table with the cheese & crackers and weird fondue thing on it is acceptable, but ,hanging out at the entrance of the kitchen and packing up plates for your large family of 30 at home is definitely not cool. It’s an office party not an all you can eat buffet for goodness sakes.

It’s a party, and there’s drinks so it’s cool to throw back a few and maybe even take some celebratory shots. It’s even cool to get festive and make heartfelt promises to go to lunch with that weird guy from IT. However, don’t let your consumption of booze turn you from “festive to loose” where you start talking about your night with a midget stripper or your infatuation with your boss’s tush. Know when to stop or you’ll wake up with a mean hangover and a pink slip.

Have people never seen you do the Roger Rabbit, the Humpty hump, or the running man? Now is definitely the time to show off those hip hop dance lessons you took in middle school. Hilarious dancing is definitely appropriate but please stop short of grinding. We don’t care if  Bobby Brown’s “Humpin around” is playing…now is not the time to go highschool prom on anyone…and we mean anyone!

It’s okay to make small talk about cool things happening in the office, the latest Knicks trade, your eagerness to get started on a project you don’t really feel that eager to get started on. What you don’t want to do is  try to advocate for a raise or worse yet…don’t ever ever bring up your night with the midget stripper.

Follow these rules at your next Holiday party and you’re guaranteed to still have a job in the new year!


Tips on How to Survive Your Company Party!

Okay – so it’s that time of year that we should be happy about going to parties and spreading the cheer.  BUT then again, it’s with our co-workers and bosses!

Scary ground here – have a drink, let loose, have some fun; but not too much because the rumors will be flying around tomorrow!  So, here’s a list to help you have fun, but not get fired!

Two Drink Maximum – Yes, really.  We know this is not what you want to hear – especially if there’s an open bar – drinks are free flowing and shots are being tossed down.  But one shot will lead to another and trust me, bad things will happen!  Save this for when you’re out with your boys (or girls).

Show Up to Work the Next Day – Company parties always end up on a weekday.  Keeps costs down.  So if you listen to Rule One, then this Rule should be no problem.  But if you choose to not listen to Rule One, just suck it up!  Bosses look for who isn’t showing up the next day.  Plus, gives everyone the opportunity to talk about how drunk you were the night before!

Pig Out – This you can do.  If you’re not drinking, you’re going to feel deprived.  So make it up at the buffet table.  Overindulge.  Everyone else is probably getting drunk anyway – so no one is going to notice how many times you go back for more.  Desserts usually rock at these parties!

Dress Up – Come on guys – you can put on a jacket or at least a nice button down.  And ladies, please NO Christmas Sweaters, or those dangle mistletoe or bell earrings!  Classy with a little sex thrown in always looks good!

No Kissing – Again – if we listen to Rule One, this rule should be easy to follow.  Remember when you don’t listen to Rule One, usually you love everyone, and this happens.  Not good!  Especially if the boss’s wife is there!

 “Social”media-ize  – If everyone listens to these rules, there should be no problem – but we know people can’t help themselves and will be doing some crazy things!  So what to do ….. A little Instagram can make things interesting!  Pop it up on Facebook and Tag Them!  It actually may help them in the morning to remember what happened at the party!

No Work Talk – Whether you do or don’t – at least act like you have a life outside of the office!  Talk about anything but work!  And when you’re around the bosses, ask about the kids, their parents, their spouses – anything to get them talking.  They’ll think you really care.  What a guy!  So when it comes time for department cutbacks, they just may feel a little bad letting go of someone the really like!  Always plan ahead.