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Do you know what to do when invited to a Office Holiday Event?


The holidays are nice to be in an informal setting with friends and colleagues, however, there are different standards for business related networking events.

Be prepared

  • Find out who will be there so you know who to be sure to say hello to and what type businesses will be represented.
  • Know the dress code-if the event is scheduled right after business hours, generally one should wear their professional dress.
  • Have your business cards handy.
  • Have small talk topics in mind.
  • Try to eat something before the event. We are not invited to eat and drink but rather to socialize with others. It is very difficult to do so when we have a drink in one hand and food in the other.


  • Be sure to enter the event with a positive attitude and a warm smile for those you meet.
  • Find the host/hostess and thank them for the invitation.
  • Standing near the serving table is a good place to meet people.
  • Be sure to enter into conversation with two or three persons while there.
  • Ask for a business card before offering yours.
  • Thank the organizer for inviting you and a nice event.

 You have been invited to a Holiday Office Party.

The holiday office party may sound like a social occasion, but in actuality they are still business functions. You are being observed by your co-workers, supervisors, their guests and spouses, and probably even a few board members or clients. This is no time to let loose and act like you’re out with buddies.

But it’s also not time to be stiff and formal. Consider this party to be an opportunity to use your charm and good manners. Show that you are a likable person, no matter how businesslike you may be in the office on a daily basis.

  •  Find out the dress code and dress appropriately. Ladies should be aware of provocative dress and use good judgement.
  • Do bring the host a gift-a nice bottle of wine can always be shared.
  • Limit the amount of alcohol you consume.
  • Do not gossip or talk negatively about work.
  • Arrive in a timely manner and do not overstay your welcome.
  • Enjoy getting to know your co-workers in a social atmosphere.
  • Do try to visit with everyone and avoid forming clicks.
  • Be sure to help introduce colleagues and their spouses/partners to one another.
  • Thank the host again and say good-bye before making your exit.


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