Christmas Office Party? Ask Yourself These 5 Questions

Cathy Kuzel December 19, 2017

Every year companies have holiday office parties and every year someone will become the ‘talk of the town but not for the best reasons! Here are the answers to 5 key questions to ask yourself BEFORE you attend that next holiday get-together.

1. Do I have to go?

Just being there is 80 percent of success. Consider the office party as an extension of your job.

2. What should I wear?

If the event is after work and the invitation does not indicate otherwise, business attire is appropriate. If the party is in the evening or weekend, check with your host. What you wear should reflect well on you professionally.

3. How long should I stay?

Stay at least an hour and make sure people see you. When you do leave, don’t sneak out; say goodbye to the hosts and thank them.

4. How much should I eat and drink?

If it’s a reception with hors d’oeuvres, hold your glass in your left hand and avoid ‘saucy’ foods so you have a clean handshake.
Ahh, the drinks. Alcohol and business rarely mix so limit yourself. You will want to keep your wits about you because your conduct has a direct bearing on your job.

5. Do I need to bring a gift?

Some office parties will include a gift exchange among co-workers. Choose consumable products and stay within the recommended value. If no value has been suggested, $15 – $20 is reasonable.
The holiday office party can be a challenge. What you say and do will be remembered in the minds of your colleagues. Make sure you’re remembered for all the right reasons!

Happy Holidays!

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About Cathy Kuzel

An award-winning Leader, Entrepreneur and Business Development Consultant, Cathy Kuzel teaches entrepreneurs how to let go of limiting beliefs and “Stand Up, Stand Out & Step Forward” to have the business success they dream of. Cathy is recognized across Canada for her expertise on “All Things Small Biz”. Named one of the Top Ten Mentors in Canada, she is also the Founder of The Connected Woman Association, Author of “Are You a Collector or a Connector?”; “When Women Talk” book series; and the internationally known “Daily Espressos – Caffeine for the Mind."

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