Naughty or Nice: Navigating the Office Holiday Party

The holiday season is upon us and that means it’s party time. Here are a few tips to help you celebrate responsibly and remain in good standing with your boss.

Don’t dress inappropriately – You don’t want your boss or co-workers talking about what you wore in the days to come. If the invitation doesn’t describe the attire requested, ask for clarification or stick to your everyday dress code.

Don’t bring just anyone – If you’re not married or involved in a relationship, be careful about who you choose for your ‘+1.’ Your guest’s behavior reflects upon you; how well do you really know that person you just started dating?

Don’t go on an empty stomach – If alcohol is being served at your company party, eat something before you go. There’s no guarantee when the food will be rolled out, and drinking on an empty stomach in a professional setting is hardly a good idea.

Don’t drink excessively – It’s never a good idea to drink too much and embarrass yourself in front of your employer and co-workers. Set a reasonable limit before you get there and stick to it. No matter what.