Office holiday parties are an annual tradition, whether they’re a potluck among the cubicles or a more elaborate affair complete with a DJ and a chicken dinner.
But no matter what kind of soiree you’re planning on attending this year, there are a few things you need to remember in order to avoid damaging your career.
I know, I know. You feel like you know how to behave at an office party. That’s what some of these people probably said and then ended up on YouTube and Flickr, their stupid escapades captured for all time.
So let’s go over the rules one more time…..
- Never dance alone. It’s OK to boogie like it’s 1999 when you’re at home with Just Dance 4 and the B-52s, but doing so at any company gathering is sure to get you posted on YouTube. This rule is even more important if you’re the boss, because it will be posted so many times on YouTube and Twitter and Facebook you’ll become a trending topic overnight.
- Fluorescent lights make everything worse. If you think your Michael Jackson moves are embarrassing on a barely-lit dance floor, they’re even worse in the middle of the office where cubicles and desks provide a glaring backdrop. If your office party is on the premises, it’s even more important that you don’t make a fool of yourself dancing alone.
3. No stunt work.Yes, you’ve always wanted to slide down the back stairwell, and being loaded with Jim Beam makes it possible! No dancing on tables, jumping off roofs or doing any kind of physical activity that is more arduous than filling your wine glass.
- Keep your feet on your floor. This is more than a metaphor for maintaining professionalism and avoiding the Jello shots. As this photo attests, no good can ever come from having your butt on the floor.
- Keep your feet on the floor, part 2. Feet do not belong on the table, in someone’s lap or on top of a table. And, as this photo demonstrates, bunny ears are for the Easter Bunny. Not someone who wants to be employed. At any holiday office gathering, avoid wearing feather boas, tiaras, bunny tails and sombreros that make you look like an idiot on Monday morning.
- Do a selfie before the party. This is especially important if you’re wearing “party” attire. As Gwyneth Paltrow can attest, the flash of a camera can turn a perfectly respectable party dress into a see-through-OMG! moment. For women, it’s also important that they don’t reveal too much. Remember, if you can look down and see your cleavage, so can everyone else. That’s a no-no at an office party.
- Put down the drink before a photo. Even if you’ve only had a couple of sips of your Budweiser, you look like a lush when you’re holding a drink in your hand as a photo is snapped. If you can, put it down. If there’s no time, hold it slightly behind you or someone else. When future employers do a search for you online, you don’t want them to think you’re a lush.
- Never be the last one to leave. This shouldn’t be too hard, as long as you don’t pass out somewhere. Staying too long usually means you’re dancing by yourself, wearing bunny ears and ready to throw up in the nearest potted plant.
There are several other rules for office holiday parties, such as not being the boss's brownoser, talking about how bad your job sucks and hitting on another employee. Watch this video from “The Late Show” and learn…