For anyone feeling stressed about the upcoming holiday office party, we’ve got all the advice required to avoid an embarrassing situation. The word “party” might make you want to let your hair down and let the good times roll, but we recommend keeping in mind the word that comes before it: “office.” This gathering is still about business, and so there are a few big blunders that everyone should avoid making.
Overdoing it with the alcohol: “Don’t drink too much” may sound like an obvious suggestion, but it’s key to avoiding a number of subsequent office blunders. It’s not a crime to put back a few holiday beverages, but you don’t want to head back to work on Monday slapping your forehead and moaning, “I cannot believe I said that.” We’ve all had such moments, but they certainly have no place in office affairs.
Overeating: Cool it on the hors d’oeurves. Those trays of chocolate bonbons and barbecue shrimp may create the feeling that you’ve entered buffet heaven, but you don’t want to have any of these items smeared on your face when the company CEO decides it’s time to make small talk. Additional party etiquette applies to this scenario: don’t walk around with food on your hands or face, don’t double dip, dispose of trash in the proper receptacles, and eat one food item at a time.
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