Simple Workplace Party Etiquette
Attending an office party or any work-related social event is fun, but it can also be tricky. You can have fun with your coworkers, but you should never forget that it's still a workplace event. Here are some tips to help you have a good time without compromising your reputation at work.
If your employer offers alcohol at an event, make sure to limit your intake. Alcohol lowers your inhibitions and alters your judgment. The last place you want to be while uninhibited and lacking good judgment is an event hosted by your boss and attended by them and your colleagues. Your actions under those conditions could cause you to become the subject of workplace gossip or worse, your unemployment. Also, keep in mind that perception is everything – you want to avoid looking like you are drinking too much.
Avoid Flirting or Acting in a Sexually Provocative Manner
An office party is not a singles bar; It is a chance to become acquainted with your colleagues on a whole other level as you may know little about them. However, don't think about flirting with them because even if it's entirely innocent, the message it sends to your colleagues isn't. Flirting or acting in a sexually provocative manner can, at best, make colleagues lose respect for you on a professional level. Worst case scenario, it can end with a claim of sexual harassment against you.
Avoid Offensive Jokes
Office parties are usually light-hearted events. Feel free to tell jokes, as long as you are sure they won't offend your coworkers or boss. Many people do not enjoy off-color jokes, so refrain from telling any. On a related note, you should also be wary of using foul language.
Don't Bring Uninvited Guests
When your boss throws an office party, never assume it's okay to bring your significant other or anyone else without asking first because he or she may intend it to be for employees only. Showing up at an event with a plus-one may anger your boss and embarrass your guest if he or she feels unwanted.
Put Your Mobile Phone Away
Parties are usually thrown by employees to reward their employees and give them time to socialize with each other. You won’t be able to take advantage of the opportunity if you are constantly checking your phone. Put it away and try to focus on the here and now. If you must check your phone occasionally, slip away to do so. And of course, keep your phone handy for taking pictures so you can share them on social media later.