(Newstalk 1010 – Toronto)
It’s that time of year again; it’s getting colder outside, Christmas music is taking over the radio, and the office Holiday party is just around the corner.
We have all heard stories of someone having one too many drinks and ended up acting completely inappropriate.
Proper office party etiquette should be common sense but according to a survey conducted by TorontoJobs.ca, most of us need a refresher.
The survey of office holiday party goers found that:
77% of party attendees have witnessed extreme cases of intoxication by co-workers
64% observed co-workers inappropriately dressed for the occasion
52% of party goers observed unsuitable behavior (co-workers flirting, verbal fights, etc.)
In order to avoid being the talk of the office water cooler, here are a few tips that you should keep in mind if you plan on attending your office holiday party:
Eat, drink and be merry, but do so in moderation. Excessive drinking could be cause for an awkward situation come Monday morning in the office.
Leave the mistletoe at home. The office party is not the place to flirt and try to find a date for New Year’s Eve!
Watch your words. Just because the setting is more relaxed, doesn’t mean your language should be. More people than you think take offense to profane language.
Dress appropriately. The office party isn’t the right place to show off your new mini skirt or backless dress.
Absolutely no gossiping about other coworkers. You never know who is listening. Keep in mind that with the evolution of social networking; news travels fast!