With the season of celebration approaching, it’s as good a time as any to review the dos and don’ts of holiday party etiquette. I know, you’re shaking your head, but it’s worth reviewing before the egg nog is flowing. We don’t want to sound like the Grinch, but we do have a few ideas of how to make sure you aren’t slinking into the office the next day.
Don’t : Chat with only people you already know.
Do : Mingle - Introduce yourself to someone new!
When walking into a party space, it can be easy to get drawn into the same group of people you grab lunch with every day. This is your chance to mingle! Say hi to your friends but be mindful of not staying with the same group for too long - politely excuse yourself and move onto someone you don’t regularly get to chat with. Use this year’s holiday party as a way to introduce yourself to a new employee, get to know a colleague’s significant other or connect with someone you might normally pass in the hallway. Tis the season, after all!
Don’t : Monopolize the conversation
Do : Ask questions!
It can be easy to strike up a conversation about your awesome winter travel plans or how excited you are for photos with your kids and the mall Santa, but remember your audience. Think about ways that you can meaningfully connect with your colleague, like asking about their holiday traditions or sharing stories of past holiday memories. Asking questions (and then actually listening!) makes everyone feel valued and helps to build relationships outside the workplace that will drive productivity day-to-day. Maybe you remember that Sarah in accounting has an eight year old who loves building - make a suggestion of a cool toy that will make a perfect gift.
Don’t : Stress about work!
Do : Come ready with a few interesting stories
Holiday celebrations are a chance for teams to relax, come together and celebrate the success of the previous year. Believe me, no one likes to be stuck in the group that continues their sales meeting at the holiday party. Leave work chat for your next team meeting and stick to topics that will help everyone relax and enjoy themselves! Bonus if you come ready to share something new, such as a cool new brewery in Chicago (the pizzas at Middle Brow are delicious, by the way) or a fun holiday event idea to share.
Don’t : Relax TOO much
Do : Remember where you are!
While we just encouraged you to relax, don’t take that advice too far! Your probably saw this one coming - remember that your professional reputation is important and to keep yourself in check throughout the event. This might mean alternating water with your cocktail, or wrapping up the party a bit early. Being able to walk into work the next day with your non-throbbing head held high is definitely worth the early night.
With all the fun of the holiday season, you might be wondering what other options are out there for team building that will get everyone excited. Escape Room Races is always ready to help you create an incredible event that will make it much easier to stick with the Dos, not the Don’ts. Reach out today to learn more!