Lots of folks look forward to this time of year when they get to ‘let their hair down’ at the office party. It seems though in the age of misconduct, lots of folks are also stopping to take the time to reconsider how and what to do at the office party.
Let me declare early, a party is just a place to have a good time. Once I go, I intend to have a good time; which means – very little food (I never go anywhere hungry); drinks, chatter and dancing. That is what a party is supposed to be. So, for example, after my office party this year, I had to ice my knee regularly for two days after. I am ready for the next one.
That said, I thought I would share some tips that I have found useful over the years:
- Wear what you feel comfortable in
o If there is a dress theme, participate, it helps to put you in the mood
- Go with enough time to meet and greet your colleagues
- Take pictures with the team
o Sidebar – take them before you get all sweaty from dancing
- Don’t overeat, people do take notice
- Don’t overdrink, people will notice too
Now here’s the part when it gets really interesting:
o Enjoy the music
o Dance and have fun
o Take a water/drink break ever so often
o Shake a leg with your boss; shake a leg with your team that reports to you
Note: I am among the first set of dancers once the music is great (live or recorded)
If your office allows you to take your spouse, there is no rule which says you can’t dance with a team member; however, be modest. If you go the party alone, ENJOY. Dancing is an expressive way of thinking, so in dancing and expressing, make sure you are ok to look the person in the eye the next day at work. In other words, do not over express. Too many stories of why have come out of these situations.
Enjoy yourself at the office party, but try not to do anything you’ll regret.