Whether you are the host, guest, or co-worker, there is an office party etiquette that can help make your next event successful. We all know how much fun it can be to attend a holiday celebration with coworkers and friends! But what should you do if you’re unsure of what’s expected? Here are some guidelines for appropriate office party behavior.
The office party may be the only time where you get to mingle with your boss, co-workers, and clients. Be on your best behavior! Show up early or right at the start of the event. It’s important that you are there for when everything begins. Don’t leave before it’s over especially if everyone else is still there.
Be gracious and offer to help clear plates or serve food as the party is winding down. Remove your own dishes from the table when you are done eating, even if others at your table seem oblivious to them! Offer a “Thank You” for hosting the office party, before leaving. If everyone seems too busy with their own conversations to notice you, don’t take it personally.
As the host: It’s your responsibility to make sure that everyone has a good time and is comfortable. If someone doesn’t drink alcohol, be sure to have plenty of non-alcoholic drinks on hand. Plan for enough seating, especially if there will be a lot of people attending. And finally, make sure there is enough food!
As the guest: When you are invited to an office party, be sure to bring a small gift for the host. Something like a bottle of wine or flowers is always appreciated. If you don’t know what to say when you first arrive, try something simple like “thank you for inviting me.” Be sure to socialize with everyone, not just the people you know.
As a co-worker: If you are invited to an office party, it’s always a good idea to attend. It can be tricky to navigate the politics of an office party, but if you stay away from controversial topics and limit your drinking, you should be fine. Try to avoid standing in one spot all night long talking to the same people. Move around and talk to as many people as possible!
The office party is a great opportunity for networking and building relationships with your co-workers. Be sure to follow these etiquette guidelines so that everyone has a good time!