The Andie Summers Show

They’re back! Love ’em or hate ’em holiday parties are back. Office festivities have been on hiatus for the past couple years because of the pandemic, but this year we’re seeing a resurgence of gatherings and get-togethers to celebrate the season.  Move over Zoom! We get to party in IN-PERSON in 2022! But just in case some of you forgot how to behave, we’ve got the holiday office party etiquette rules to follow so you don’t regret showing your face at work the next day (which is really important, just look at #9)

  • 1. Don’t talk about work non-stop

    We’re more than what we do. You’re bound to end up talking about work with your work friends, just try not to go overboard with “shop talk” and focus on things that aren’t job-related.

  • 2. Skip the excessive drinking

    Why do we have to tell you this? It’s an easy mistake to make, especially when you have an open bar on the company’s dime. But you don’t want to cut loose too much and risk making a bad impression on the higher-ups, or even your coworkers.

  • 3. Dress appropriately

    Seriously. Don’t make me say it again. Regardless of what you wear to the office every day, you’ll want to follow the dress code for the party. This isn’t the time for anything too revealing or too casual.

  • 4. Skip the politics

    Both office politics and government politics should be avoided at the work party. You never know what someone’s views are, so it’s better to steer clear of those high-intensity topics.

  • 5. Avoid chatting up your boss

    Be nice, but not too nice. Sure, a party is a relaxed environment, but this is your boss, not your best friend from college.

  • 6. Don’t gossip

    It’s easy to let your guard down especially after a couple drinks, but it’s still not a good idea to gossip about your colleagues, even if you did see the receptionist making out with that guy from accounting.

  • 7. Stay off social media

    PARTY FOUL! Snapping photos of your coworkers with drinks in their hands is fine, but sharing those on Facebook without permission? Not so much.

  • 8. Take the hint and leave

    You don’t want to be the first one out the door, or the last one to leave. So when the crowd starts to thin out, that’s your cue to thank your bosses for a lovely time and make your exit.

  • 9. Go to work the next day

    Hopefully you have a spectacular time at the party, but you still have to show up at work the next day. Don’t be the person who overindulges and then calls in sick, no matter how late the party lasted.

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