10 Tips for Surviving the Office Holiday Party

‘Tis the season of company holiday parties.

Office holiday parties can be the perfect opportunity to make a positive impression on the executives/managers in your company you have yet to meet, and to reinforce your overall positive image in the workplace. However, in order to leave your party on a high note, and not have everyone talking about you at the water cooler come Monday morning, make sure you follow these helpful tips.


  • Dress appropriately.
  • Drink alcoholic beverages in moderation. (Pro tip: Keep all your drinks in your left hand, so your right hand is free to shake hands when meeting new people.)
  • Make sure you work the room, and speak with people in other departments you don’t see on a regular basis.
  • If your host provides name tags, wear them. It’s bad taste to be the only one not doing so. (Pro tip: Etiquette says to wear them on the right side.)
  • Thank those who are hosting/planning the event.


  • Bring a guest unless the invitation says you are allowed one.
  • Drink excessively.
  • Talk exclusively business all night. Remember, it is a social gathering after all.
  • Spend the whole night glued to your cell phone.
  • Arrive too late or leave too early. Try to stay within 30 minutes of the times listed on the invitation.

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