5 Tips for Navigating Your Holiday Office Party
It’s that time of year again. You might notice your calendar filling up with lots of holiday celebrations. Receiving an invite to your company's holiday party is the perfect opportunity to build relationships with team members outside of the typical workday. It can also fill young professionals with social anxiety. These five tips will help you make the most out of this annual event:
Tip 1: Say Yes
The hardest part of any event is committing to being there. If you want to strengthen relationships with your colleagues, it’s beneficial to accept as many holiday invitations as possible, especially the one held at your own workplace. As you are building your holiday schedule, make sure to prioritize attending your company’s holiday party. You won’t regret it.
Tip 2: Bring Something
While company parties are usually catered, those celebrating as a team or as part of a more intimate group can provide something nice for everyone to enjoy. It’s a polite gesture and there’s no need to worry about making it too personal or extravagant. Buy something that can be enjoyed by everyone in the office such as a box of chocolates or a festive bouquet of flowers to add to the decoration.
Tip 3: Meet Someone New
This is the perfect time to take a step out of your comfort zone and network with lots of new people. Of course, you can chat it up with your usual work buddies, but make sure to branch out and talk with people you don’t know as well. Work the room and try to make a few new connections. Develop relationships with team members you may not have had a chance to work with yet and enhance those you’ve already connected with.
Tip 4: Dress to Impress
This probably isn’t the time to take huge fashion risks. Even if the company has a casual dress policy, it’s always best to lean towards appropriate cocktail attire. A good tip is to take your clues from the party invitation. Ideally, it will give you an idea of what’s expected. For instance, business casual, professional, or maybe even a theme. If there is a theme, use it! Treat the theme like other dress codes and make it a point to follow it.
Tip 5: Have Fun
At the end of the day, this is a party. You have worked tirelessly all year and now it’s time to celebrate those accomplishments. Show off your social side and have a few drinks with your coworkers – just remember to remain professional.
Your holiday work party is the perfect time to show people a different side of yourself and really get to know your coworkers. Have fun!
Make sure to read Greystar’s other holiday-inspired blogs!
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