Top 10 Things to Remember
the Night Before (the) Christmas (Office Party)
Smart reindeer know that "office party"
is an oxymoron. Brush up on your EQ at Work Etiquette before you
go, because Senior Management is going to be making a list and
checking it twice to see who's naughty and who's nice.
the night before the office holiday party
And you are
getting a good night's sleep after having chosen an appropriate
outfit, and gone over your EQ (social skills) because you, Smart
Elf that you are, understand "office party" is an oxymoron.
You're going to work and you're going rested and prepared,
just like any other work day.
again. It's that old business-and-party combined. Don't be cold
and businesslike, it's time to be warm and congenial. Act like
you're glad to be there! Make it a point to talk with as many
folks as you can. But it isn't the time to ask for a promotion
or raise by trying to do a "snow job" on your boss.
in her kerchief and you in your WHAT??
spare your job. Dress
appropriately. We don't want to see your hairy chest, new
tattoo, naval, cleavage, or the top 12 inches of your thigh. And
neither does the CFO. You should aim for a festive-but-professional
dimples how merry
Mix and mingle. Show off those 'soft' skills that are directly
related to your ability to network which is so very valuable to
your employer. Get it?
a luster to objects below
whom you may be tempted to elbow past on your way to meet the
Big Guys. They will be there to sabotage your project Monday morning,
I mean "help you". (As Dave Berry said, "If you're
not nice to the waiter, you're not a nice person.")
Dasher! Now Dancer! Now Prancer and Vixen!
Know the names.
Know how to introduce people to one another. Is it, Mr. CEO, I'd
like you to meet my wife, Clothtilde, or is it Clothtilde, this
is my boss - the owner of the company. You want to know all this
before you get there. Study up! (Call your coach!)
I laughed when I saw him in spite of myself
to get serious here, because you don't want to be doing anything,
or having any reaction - in spite of yourself. This is what EQ
is all about. Me, 20 years in PR, and I could still be thrown
momentarily. You will have emotional reactions, you're human -
such as when you're meeting your senior partner's wife for the
first time, and she staggers in dead drunk, and says, 'No s***' when you're introduced.
Or Tom, the
mailroom man, arrives with his two children, both in wheelchairs
with cerebral palsy, and you didn't know this, and you don't know
what to say, and Santa's gifts for all the kids will be skateboards.
to all a good night?
Don't be the
last to leave (or to arrive). It's just not cool. But don't dash
away either; don't be the first to leave (or to arrive). Balance
… moderation … self-management … EQ …
if you want a sleigh full of toys.