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Friday, December 21, 2012

Lessons Learned

The 2012 Company Holiday Parties: Lessons Learned

Thanks to the economic downturn, businesses have been cautious about spending money on annual holiday parties these past few years. However, according to a recent survey, an improving economy has resulted in an increase in companies that hosted a holiday party this year.

According to a press release, consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas surveyed 100 human resources professionals and found that 83 percent reported that their companies were indeed having a holiday party this year -- up from 68 percent last year. Furthermore, 17 percent were planning on spending more money than last year.

While the holidays and the return of office parties are definitely causes for celebration, employees should still be mindful of how they conduct themselves as it could make or break their career. How was your experience this year? Check out these tips on future celebrations with your coworkers:
1. Take advantage of the networking opportunity:Business etiquette expert Barbara Pachter advised workers to consider the party as an opportunity to network and connect with senior-level coworkers who could help their career.
2. Remember proper attire:
A bar party would call for more casual attire, while a country club event would warrant dressing up.
3. Mind your manners:Focus on non-work talking points, such as holiday vacation plans, and establishing a common bond with coworkers. Try to avoid coworker gossip and conversations on sex, politics, and religion.

4. Moderate your alcohol consumption:
Employees should be wary of actions such as aggressive behavior, driving under the influence, or sharing inappropriate details about oneself--all common behaviors at office holiday parties, according to recent survey results.

Still, despite the cautionary advice, most experts agree that it is important to actually attend the event. "Not showing up," as Bullhorn marketing manager Vinda Rao explained in Glassdoor, "unless you have a legitimate excuse, makes you look like you don't care."

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