Drunken businessman after office christmas partyIt’s that time again – the season of yuletide joy, beautiful lights, gift-giving, and holiday office parties. But remember that a holiday office party is still an office party. You may be having a merry time with co-workers, but it’s important to remember that you still represent the entity that signs your paycheck. Here are some valuable tips for following proper party etiquette:

Read the invitation. How awkward would it be to be the only one wearing jeans when the invitation clearly indicated a formal venue. The invitation will give you clues as to what kind of party it will be. For example, a daytime party at a public park will be more casual and family-oriented than a party that starts at 9:00 p.m. at a reception room that has been reserved for your company. The invitation will also indicate how many guests you can bring.

Stay Off Your Phone. There are a couple of reasons to leave your cell phone in your purse or pocket. For starters, it’s a party. You don’t need to be talking or texting at the same time that you are celebrating with friends. In addition, it might be tempting to take pictures or video of colleagues that may be having too good of a time. If you just can’t resist snapping a few shots, make sure that they are appropriate in nature.

Attendance is not optional. If your employer went through the trouble and expense to organize and pay for a holiday party, do the right thing and attend.

Everything in moderation. An office party is not the place to get drunk or get too crazy on the dance floor. Do yourself a favor and exercise restraint.  Drinking too much wine can also cause you to say some things you might regret tomorrow.

Mingle.  The office party is intended for you to get to know your co-workers better.  Make sure you mingle with those outside of your department and other supervisors. Not only is this a great opportunity for you look like a team player but it’s also a chance to just know who you’re working with.

TLC has been in business for over 25 years and we’ve seen our fair share of holiday parties. The most important thing to take into consideration when attending a party is that is an extension of work. Conducting yourself in the proper manner will show your supervisors and colleagues that you are able to handle yourself with poise in social situation.