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Company Holiday Parties Present Career-Advancing Opportunities
11/10/2005
 
ROBIN'S PERSPECTIVE: While many Americans consider the company party to be an obligatory, one-drink-and-I’m-out-of-here event, smart staffers are using this time to their advantage.

"Mingling with coworkers and the company brass creates opportunities to forge new friendships and to showcase sides of your personality that typically don’t shine through during the hectic work day," according to Robin Bond, a workplace legal expert who counsels Fortune 500 executives.

She offers this advice to workers wanting to make a splash—without making a scene—at the company party this holiday season:

1. Be conversation savvy: Talking shop is fine, but striking up a fun conversation about something other than work will leave a lasting impression. Read up on what’s hot in the news and pop culture so you’re able to chat up your coworkers and, better yet, the boss.

2. Tag-Team with a close friend: Have a buddy system and serve as each other’s backup in time of need. Whether you are letting loose on the dance floor after one drink too many, or trapped in a dull conversation with no end in sight, a friend can step in before your night is officially ruined.

3. Show your personality—not your skin: For men, a shirt and tie is appropriate; for women, a tasteful cocktail dress. No low cut necklines, T-shirts, 5-inch heels, thigh-high slits or backless dresses.

4. Don’t abuse the booze!: Open bar or not, there’s never a good reason to over-indulge at a work function. Limit yourself to two drinks before dinner or alternate a soda with every drink throughout the night. Your company’s substance abuse policy still applies – know what it says and follow it.

"Employers should be aware that sexual harassment, workers' compensation claims and general liability are all at stake during holiday parties," Bond notes. "And employees need to remember that even though they’re outside the cubicle, they’re still ‘clocked-in.’ Keeping those thoughts in mind should allow everyone to make the most of the event, while keeping their careers intact."
 
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