Vincy Workplace
November 9, 2007
Avoiding disaster at the company holiday party

It may seem funny, but employee mistakes at company gatherings can cost you a promotion, tarnish the company image and even cost the company as they may need to release an employee who misbehaves. It’s that time of year again and companies will begin to have office gatherings to kick off the holiday season. And every year there is always someone who manages to embarrass him or her self and possibly jeopardize chances of building alliances within the company.{{more}} So before you put on your party clothes keep the following in mind:

1. Maintain your professional decorum at all times. Even at after hour events, people are watching.

2. Always carry extra business cards. Be prepared to do business at any time. Give only one card unless the person asks for more.

3. Practice your 30-second commercial. You should be able to articulate what you do in 30 seconds or less.

4. Bring a GREAT attitude. Be up-beat; do not talk about your professional or personal problems.

5. Limit alcohol consumption. Set a one-drink maximum or avoid alcohol completely.

6. Set networking goals. Plan to meet 3 to 5 people, and to build quality relationships after the event.

7. Avoid discussing religion and politics. Talk about career goals, sports, business news. Listen more than you talk.

8. Eat but don’t over indulge

Your time should be spent mingling, not eating.

9. Offer clean, dry handshakes.

Hold your drink in your left hand so the right hand is always free and warm.

10. Dress professionally. Make sure it’s not too tight, too short, too revealing or screams dancehall clothes all over it.

Dress up a suit with a top that glitters or wear red shirt or tie if you usually wear the traditional black and gray suits.

Bonus: If you have your eye on the handsome guy or beautiful lady, don’t even think about it especially after you had a few drinks. Your reputation is still on the line.

Karen Hinds President/CEO – Workplace Success Group,
Toll Free: 1-877-902-2775;
Tel: 1-203-757-4103
Creator of The Workplace Success Program (TM)