It’s holiday party season. These blasted things come only once a year, so it’s easy to forget proper etiquette. Here is a helpful list of 12 things you shouldn’t do at holiday parties. You probably think these are no-brainers, but somehow I see at least three of them every year! For example:
Do not use the office party as an opportunity to climb the corporate ladder.
Just because those in upper echelon management choose to make an appearance at the office party does not mean that they’re willing to be your new best pals. Do not buttonhole the company president and try to make a case for your getting that promotion you’ve been hoping for. Do not pitch the head of research and development the fabulous new product you’ve been working on in your basement. Career-wise, you’ll do yourself more good by politely introducing yourself to bigwigs without monopolizing their time.
Do not make sexual advances to co-workers—or anyone else.
If there’s one faux pas that can haunt you all the way to divorce court or the unemployment line, it’s this one. Hitting on your fellow partygoers has always been a really bad idea, but now in the age of smartphone cameras and social media, it’s a potential career (or relationship) killer. If you come on to that sexy babe in the low cut dress and she turns out to be the big boss’s trophy wife, getting shot down is bad enough. Having a photo of your unsuccessful forward pass wind up on Facebook or Instagram is much worse.
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