Office Party Do's and Don’t's
In Attire, Conduct & The Workplace By kathrynpless

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Office parties can be a source of fun or embarrassment.  It’s okay to have fun, but do it with some rules in mind.



  • Do be friendly.  See someone you don’t know? Go up and introduce yourself.
  • Do chat with the boss but don’t monopolize their time.  This is your chance for him or her to see you in a social situation. 
  • Do have something to eat.  Graze the buffet or enjoy your meal.  Don’t give anyone the idea that you’re too good to enjoy platter food.  Besides, it’s free!
  • Do bring a small hostess gift if the party is held at someone’s house.  A nice bottle of wine, some flowers or fruit basket is always welcome. 
  • Do have fun, relax and be yourself.  After all, it is a party.

Now for the flip side of the equation, you don’t want to become the talk of the water cooler the next day.



  • Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that no one is watching.  Believe me, everyone is watching and everyone will remember what goes on.
  • Don’t wear anything skimpy.  This is an office party not a night at the club.  Low cut shirts, skinny mini skirts, fishnet stockings and ridiculously high heels are out of place at an office party.
  • Don’t go too casual.  Don’t be like George on Seinfeld and show up in sweat pants and a tee-shirt. 
  • Don’t forget to eat a snack before you go to the party.  This way you won’t be at the buffet sucking down the last shrimp.
  • Don’t overeat.  Yes, it’s free, but that doesn’t mean your job is to completely pig out.  Besides, remember all the food was portioned so everyone could eat.
  • Don’t get drunk.  This one should be a no-brainer, but you’ve all seen how many people get drunk and ruin their chances to be taken seriously.
  • Don’t show up too early or stay too late.  Arrive a few minutes after the party starts and watch for clues as when to leave.

With these tips in hand you can go to the next office party and be assured that you’ll leave a good impression…rather than motivate the impression that everyone does when you’re not in the room.

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