I don’t usually watch The Office (blasphemous, I know), but I had it on last night and caught the holiday party episode. How appropriate, considering tonight is mine! Holiday parties combine my love of dressing up, delicious food, and open bars. While I’ve had some experience, myself, The Office also offered some helpful tips on what not to do. So when you go to your own office parties this season, try to avoid (at least) these three scenarios, and I’ll try to do the same:
1) Setting your hair on fire.
There’s always a risk when you mix alcohol and fire (think: candles, lighters, one of those crazy shots that I’m too scared to do), but do your very best to avoid this hazard. Burning hair smells terrible, and you kind of ruin the party for everyone else – especially when they have to put you out.
2) Staging an impromptu intervention.
It’s a holiday party! Yes, most people will be drinking, and may imbibe more than normal. But this is not a time to sit in a circle and voice your concerns about one person’s behavior. Especially not when you can be standing by the bar with a coworker and judging several people at once. It’s called efficiency.
3) Blurting out a coworker’s secret in front of the entire room.
Sure, the imagined satisfaction of stunning the rest of your coworkers with a juicy tidbit might be momentarily overwhelming. But think of how much more you could do if you just hang on to that secret, and use it at a more opportune time. Like when people are sober enough to remember it the next day.
And if you’re really worried about your own behavior (open bar does that to some people – no, not me – why? what have you heard?), it’s always a safe bet to put out a warning beforehand:
There you go. Bases covered.
Laissez les bons temps rouler.
P.S. I know that some of you may have already had your office parties. I’m sorry I wasn’t there for you before. Just keep these in mind for next time.