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‘Tis The Season: Office Holiday Parties

Office Holiday Parties are just around the corner, or are they? According to the Washington Business Journal, “Only 81 percent of businesses will have some type of holiday celebration this year, the lowest level in 20 years, according to an annual survey from New York-based executive search firm Battalia Winston Amrop. Additionally, 37 percent say their event has been impacted by the economy in some way—either cancelled or scaled back. That’s nearly double the 19 percent that were affected last year.” 

Some companies are deciding to forego their parties and have opted to give their employees an extra day off instead. Those companies who are having holiday parties for their employees have cut costs by not allowing their employees to bring a guest, by having the party at the office during business hours, by hosting the event at the home of an executive, or by pushing their holiday party into January, a slower month for caterers, so that they can get reduced rates on catering.

I think pushing the holiday party into January is an excellent idea. Everyone is so busy in December, and January is such a slow month. I know that R&R Catering always works with a company’s budget to create something nice, yet reasonably priced. I’ve used R&R to caterer the tents for The Courage Cup’s Meadow Matches for the past two years, and they are fabulous to work with. In January, they have less events, so they don’t have to go out and rent extra equipment, so you definitely can save money by booking your event in January with them.

If your company is hosting a holiday party this year, please keep these five simple rules in mind:

1. There are two types of people: those who really love office parties and those who hate them. There are people who spend a great deal of time hanging out with co-workers outside of the office, and then there are those who can’t relate at all to their co-workers outside of the work environment. Either way, you must attend. You don’t want to be the one who didn’t show up. It’s not good for your office reputation. You want to be seen as part of the team.

2. Watch your alcohol consumption. It’s called a party, but truly it’s more of a business event. It’s much more likely that you will say something you shouldn’t have, or do something you shouldn’t have when you’ve had one too many cocktails. You don’t want your Monday morning to be full of regrets for having been “that girl” who was overly flirtatious with a co-worker, or criticized the boss within earshot of him!

3. Don’t wear anything revealing. Again, it’s a party, but more than that it’s an office party. So don’t be “that girl” who comes to the party dressed for a night of clubbing!

4. Don’t talk about work the entire time. There is a time for “big talk” and a time for “small talk”. This is a time for “small talk”. I know it pains some people to make small talk, but this is what you do. Talk about holiday plans, the weather, kids, sports, but don’t talk about work.

5. Be appreciative. Thank those who planned the event. Don’t complain about the food, or the location. Keep things positive, and make the best out of the situation.

Good luck!

– Miss A


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