3 Office Party Etiquette Tips
Although parties and offsite team building activities are a time to wind down and get to know each other on a more personal level, it’s not totally a “get loose, let your hair down” kind of function. Surprisingly, many people don’t realize that and are either too stuffy or too informal. Although you are still technically “on the job”, it is possible to achieve a balance of interaction and enjoyment while building stronger relationships with your colleagues.
There are 3 main points to remember:
1. Maintain appropriate conversation. Although everyone is in a more relaxed mode, it’s not the time to tell off-color jokes. The last thing you want to do is offend someone so, if you’re not sure, just don’t say it. Most importantly, stay away from discussing politics or controversial subjects. Now we’re embarking upon another highly controversial political season with presidential candidates recently announcing their intent to run. Most people have strong opinions on one side or the other so, it’s not a good idea to bring up the topic.
2. Don’t stay in one place. Make your way around and try to chat with everyone. Sure, you feel most comfortable talking to your workplace friends you always see, but take time to connect with others you are less familiar with. Who knows, you may make new break room buddies.
3. No complaining or gossiping. This behavior is a natural part of dealing with groups of people with varying personality types. Everyone is not going to like each other, however, keep your comments about others to yourself and excuse yourself from a group that is having such conversations. Even if you’re not the one making the comments, it would still make you look just as guilty to the one being gossiped about if they ever found out.
Yes, it’s hard to avoid the temptation, especially when you might agree with what they are saying, but you’ll be grateful you did. You could also use a little humor to steer the topic to something more positive…..”So, how about those Falcons?”
These are simple points to remember yet many people forget and pay the price long after the party is over.
What are your thoughts? Do you remember a time that you’d really like to forget, when a co-worker (or you) experienced a faux pas? Share your experience below!
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