How to be the Life of Your Company Holiday Party Without Getting Fired
It's officially holiday season which means many companies throw their yearly office party. We've all heard the horror stories of co-workers shamelessly hooking up, embarrassing drunken slobbery, and folks making utter fools of themselves in other capacities in front of their bosses and peers. We may have even seen the debauchery unfold right before our eyes or made the regrettable decisions to party too hard in the past. And no, your co-workers haven't forgotten how you overdid it on the eggnog, xeroxed your face, and faxed it to upper management.
This year, enjoy the company holiday party and even be the life of it, without embarrassing yourself by showing off your "Electric Slide" moves to the new intern from accounting. By maintaining a level of decorum and tastefully spending enjoyable time with your co-workers, you can have a blast at the holiday party and even wake up hangover-free. It's time to party!
1. Have a Drink or Two (NO more)
If you enjoy a glass of merlot, a crisp seasonal beer, or a fruity cocktail now and then, there's no reason to forgo an adult drink at the office party. They're being offered, so it isn't like you brought your own flask of Jack Daniels to sneak in the restroom.
That said, know your limit and remain coherent at all times. Drink soda or water between drinks and promise yourself you'll only down a drink or two. As per Monster, "Over-imbibing is deadly to your office reputation, because your secret -- and not necessarily complimentary -- thoughts about your coworkers, boss and job are more likely to come flying out of your mouth when you've had too much to drink, says image consultant Dianne Daniels."
Along with the "liquid truth" element of too much alcohol, you can become clumsy, uninhibited (leading to who-knows-what), and ill. Puking in your party dress is not a resume-builder.
2. Prepare a Non-Offensive Joke
Everyone likes to share a good laugh, especially in a party atmosphere, so break the ice by busting out a clever joke to show you're outgoing and fun. However, know your audience and keep it clean. Offending HR even in a party setting is still a major faux pas.
If you're not a born comedian, seek out some jokes and one-liners online. Laugh Factory is chock full of chuckle-inducing content with all sorts of jokes in a variety of categories. Wouldn't you rather be the one people are laughing with and not at this year?
3. Mix & Mingle
Some of us never get to know everyone we work with when we're confined to a particular department or area of the building. The company party is the perfect time to introduce yourself to the folks in marketing, legal, and sales. Find out more about them both personally and professionally. Sticking with the same crowd you see day in and day out may feel comfortable, but it's a tad boring, not to mention, fairly rude. Parties were meant to be fun and part of the fun is sharing in the celebration with everyone present.
Monster suggests, "Say hello, and try to imagine doing a figure-eight around the room, greeting as many people as you can, says Michael Ray Smith, PhD, a communication professor at Campbell University."
Once you get to know more of the people who keep the company running, you'll have more appreciation for them and your company as a whole. Plus, in the future, they'll remember that you made the first move to become more sociable.
Are you ready to party? When all else fails, watch how your boss behaves. Let's hope he or she knows how to keep it together. Then, indulge in the food, take in the music, and let the good times roll!
For more party etiquette tips, read some worthy recommendations from Business Insider.
Every time payday rolls around, I’m on top of the world. Jeff Bezos-level rich - even though I’m anything but. And then somehow the very next day, rent is due.
The cycle continues. The next payday, bills for my apartment. I find myself without a surplus of savings since I just moved and newly-furnished my apartment completely.
Even more terrifying is the looming presence of the holiday season. Halloween’s officially over and before we know it, hello Thanksgiving…and then there’s Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year’s. It’s insane.
I’ve been feeling very British lately. Not in a Union-Jack-obsessed, “Keep Calm and Carry-On” way. I went through that phase in 2012 with everyone else… no thank you. And it’s not even a surge of patriotism catalyzed by the Queen dying — I’m firmly team Diana and team Meghan.
Now that fall is officially here, the holidays will sweep in and I’ll have to contend with the fact that I won’t be spending them with my family in the UK. I went home to London earlier this year, so there’s not much left in my travel budget for another trip across the pond. A few domestic jaunts might be in my future, but the closest I’ll get to England this winter is watching Love Island and Love, Actually.
So in that spirit, I’ve been filling my days with content from my favorite Brits. I’m listening to all the old British rock bands I grew up listening to, patiently awaiting the new Arctic Monkeys album, and rewatching anything with Michaela Coel in it. I even shipped myself an order of British Baked Beans, so you know it’s dire.
I’ve also been watching British YouTubers like Grace Beverley — my favorite. Generally, I only go on YouTube to watch Vogue Beauty Secrets and AD Open Door videos. But I’m so glad I stumbled on Grace. Her content is a mix of London lifestyle (what lured me in), relatable entrepreneurship, and mindful productivity. I’m not a hustle-and-grind-girlboss, but as a creative person in a 9-to-5, I need all the help I can get to stay plugged in. So, the video “how to be really really really productive without getting overwhelmed” changed my approach to WFH.
Grace outlines her own productivity method: the to-do table. Instead of making a simple to-do list, she divides her tasks into a table that anyone can follow. As someone who’s survived with to-do lists for years, I recently implemented Grace’s method, and it’s revolutionized my workdays.
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I follow her routine to a tee. Here’s how it works:
Essentially, she divides her daily responsibilities into four categories: quick ticks, tasks, projects, and non-negotiables.
- Quick Ticks: Actions that take less than 5-minutes
- Tasks: To-do’s that take up to 30-minutes. Probably don’t take too much brain energy.
- Projects: Long-term list items. These help guide your priorities, even if you’re not crossing them off in one day.
- Non-negotiables: Pick 3 things each day that you must get done. This is how you’ll truly measure success.
With everything written down and sorted, next address your schedule. Meetings, deadlines, and time blocks — whatever works best for you. Write it down. Then make a pact with yourself to stick to them.
This way of categorization provides a roadmap for prioritizing your day — making you far more productive. Have you ever spent the entire day on small tasks and then suddenly realized you hadn’t moved the needle on any task? Or do you spend way too much time on tasks that aren’t a priority? No more. With your non-negotiables laid out, you know what to laser-focus on and what to dedicate energy towards.
Also, it pays to know your working style. I’m not a morning person. Yet, I have to be up and at ‘em super early. So, first thing in the morning, I march through my Quick Ticks to warm me up. I set a time limit, so I can knock out some easy wins which is totally inspiring. Then I move on to bigger things without lingering on emails or admin. For others, it might be more helpful to tackle the big things with all that early-in-the-day brain power earlier.
Grace has great tips on avoiding overwhelm and burnout. My favorite is taking more intentional breaks rather than scrolling through social media. I call this scrolling “productive” because I’m “coming up with pitches.” Oh, the lies we tell ourselves. It’s more productive in the long run to giving my brain a break with non-screen related stimuli.
Grace’s solution? Set a timer to read a real, an actual book. I’ve never thought of this. It’s a genius way to check off some books on my TBR and kickstart my creativity. After reading a good book, I’m completely inspired to write. So having books near my desk helps me step away from the computer during my lunch break for an actual reset. (And yes, the current books I’m reading are by British authors: Assembly by Natasha Brown, and Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold by Bolu Babalolu.)
In my pursuit of switching out my WFH set-up and getting my life together, I’ve engineered my workstation for success. With my new WFH essentials and Grace’s productivity technique, I’m revitalized for work — despite the fall blues and my melancholy about the pending holidays.
Here are the things getting me hyped for work and helping me crush my Grace Beverley-inspired to-do tables — no lists in sight:
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