It’s that time of year! You’ve stayed late, worked hard and delivered results, and now it’s time to celebrate the year end with your colleagues. But as much fun as it is to let loose, the office holiday party really isn’t the place for it and sometimes it’s hard to know where to draw the line, so here are my dos and don’ts to help you successfully navigate the holiday office party this year.
Dress for a Party
Call me old-fashioned, but the holiday office party is an opportunity to step up your fashion game. For a man wearing a suit, enhance your look with a festive pocket square, a great tie and cufflinks. For women, add statement accessories and some great heels, ideally in a powerful colour or a more flattering cut than your everyday workwear. Avoid wearing ensembles that are too tight, too short, or too “holiday” (i.e. excessive sequins or themed outfits, unless you are having an ugly holiday sweater party).
Be on Time
This is a professional event, not your friend’s drop-in holiday potluck, and that means that you have to respect the event time as you would any other office meeting. Often office parties also have an agenda of sorts and include a brief toast or comments from your boss or an executive from the firm, and the last thing you want to do is to walk in late during their remarks. Also, remember that some brave person in your office has gone to great trouble to organize this event, so be sure to RSVP — and if you have RSVPed, make sure to attend, because no-shows are never popular.