There are certain etiquettes to be followed in an office party. Find below some of the etiquettes that you need to follow for office parties.

Office Party Etiquettes

So, you have worked unenthusiastically the entire day, waiting eagerly for the evening to arrive. The office is alive with hushed down whispers of the party that is to take place in the evening. All that you can think of is just getting done with whatever work you have and party the evening out! But hold on your enthusiasm a minute. Did you ever stop to think that there are certain etiquettes that should be followed in an office party? Agreed, it is a party and you can be casual and laid back. But nevertheless, it is an office party, a corporate event of sorts and it is advisable that you follow certain etiquettes, unless you want to cut short your career! So go through these etiquettes for office parties so that you can enjoy, have fun but not at the expense of your job. 
  • Don’t say NO to an office party. It sends wrong signals to not just your co-workers, but also the top management. Unless, you have a genuine reason, it is advisable that you attend the office party. It has been organized for you and showing attitude is not going to take you anywhere.
  • If you are going straight from office, consider taking spare clothing. Your usual dress would have been crinkled by the time it is evening. Just a change of your shirt will make you feel fresh and make you more enthusiastic towards the party. Also, spend considerable amount of time choosing your party clothes. It should not be revealing and should look decently casual.
  • Clean up your weariness and dullness and get set for the party. Wash your face, comb your hair and put on some nice smelling perfume. Women can always apply make-up and touch up their faces with a good colored eye-shadow and a decent shade of lipstick.
  • Arrive on time for the party. If family has been mentioned, get your spouse or a sibling along. If nothing as such is mentioned, don’t bring along friends and just reach at the venue alone. In case you will be going home before the party, make sure your department knows it.
  • The best time to thank the upper management is when everything is toned down, right at the time of your arrival. This is the time to be at your best behavior and be subtle. Smile and look relaxed, introduce yourself to those who don’t know you. If you are not really the sociable type of person, find someone who is as shy as you are and you can have a great evening!
  • Moderation is the key to enjoyment! More so, if it is an office party. Drink occasionally and eat within limits. Go in for cocktails or liquor like Beer, Vodka and Rum instead of Whiskey and other very strong liquor. Keep drinks in left hand so as not give other people a cold and wet shake hand.
  • Kindly keep your hands to yourself. Practicing cheesy pick-up lines and behaving in an inappropriate manner with female colleagues may cost you your job. Occasional joking and kidding around is tolerable but please don’t overdo that in an attempt to become the life of the party.
  • Participate if an event or a game has been organized. Show your spirit to everyone and you will be amazed at how many people admire you for it. Shrugging away just because you are shy is not a valid reason; rather take it as an opportunity to open up and build your confidence.
  • While leaving, don’t forget to thank whoever organized the party, including the upper management. A word of appreciation will not only boost their spirit but your image too!

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