Etiquette Mistakes at the Company Holiday Party

At the very least, excess celebration and etiquette mistakes at the company holiday party can become fodder for next day stories and eventually office legend for future parties.

And, according to industry surveys, about 15% of those companies that have hosted holiday parties say that inappropriate employee behavior at holiday parties in the past has impacted an individual’s career growth in the company.

Excessive Drinking.

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Party Scenario: A crowded room full of well-dressed people, the uncounted number of drink in your hand, you’re laughing, the contents of the glass begin splashing, and you continue laughing.

This is probably the most common mistake that some employees and managers make during the year-end holiday celebration. While many organizations are still offering a full bar, others have begun limiting how much alcohol will be served at the event. Regardless of the company’s decision, it highlights that nobody should over-consume.

Holiday Party Drinking Tips:

  • Limit drinks with alcohol to a maximum of two.
  • Avoid mixing drinks.
  • Drink coffee, tea, soft drinks, and water.

Excessive Eating.

Party Scenario: Excess grease leftover from a recent spicy chicken wing partially on the napkin stuffed in your pocket – next to the rolled up cocktail meatball napkin – and partially on your free hand (the other hand is wet from a drink).

People who attend events understand that food and beverage will be part of the experience. But it’s important to be considerate of how others will approach you. And that includes etiquette basics, such as maintaining clean hands and avoiding a mouth full of passed canopies.

Holiday Party Eating Tips:

  • Do not walk around with multiple hors d’oeuvres.
  • Do not double dip or return buffet food.
  • Properly discard napkins, toothpicks, etc.

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