Holiday Office Party Etiquette 101: Do’s and Dont’s

You’ve undoubtedly worked hard to get to the point in your career that you are currently at. Don’t ruin your reputation and your chances of professional promotions in the coming months and years by acting like a fool at the company holiday party. Take these office party etiquette do’s and don’ts to heart to make sure that your lasting impression is a positive one.

Do Dress Appropriately

The invitation will typically let you know how to dress. If not, be sure to inquire with the party planner ahead of time if the event is formal, semi-formal or casual. Even if a cocktail dress is appropriate attire, a barely-there number that leaves little to the imagination does not portray a professional image.

Don’t Drink Too Much

Perhaps the only thing more mortifying then seeing the drunk text you sent to the guy or girl you were trying to impress is recalling a drunk conversation with the CEO at the holiday party. Sip your cocktail slowly and be sure to eat some food to counter the effects of the alcohol.

Do Carry Your Drink in Your Left Hand

The proper way to carry your drink is in your left hand so that your right hand is free to shake the hands of your colleagues or others who you are introduced too. This also ensures that your hand isn’t damp and cold when shaking hands.

Do Introduce Yourself to New People

Office parties are a great place to network and mingle with people in other departments. Make a goal to introduce yourself to at least three new people.

Don’t Talk Shop

The holiday party is a social event. Don’t make the mistake of boring others by talking business all night or complaining about your boss. Keep conversations positive and light. Current events and pop culture are usually engaging topics, as long as they aren’t controversial.

Don’t Forget to Say Thanks

Before you leave, be sure to thank the person that planned the party. This is an often overlooked job and it will surely be appreciated.

Whatever type of company you work for, how you behave at the holiday office party can make or break your career. Do you have other advice to offer? Are there other do’s and don’ts you would add to the list? Let us know.


Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

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