Got Holiday Party Jitters?
The office holiday party is a tradition, right? Everyone gathers today to sing Jingle Bells and Auld Lang Syne. Personality conflicts, sexual harassment, political angsts and other abrasions of office politics don’t get invited, right? Or do they?
If you’re a small business owner with a limited budget who wants to coordinate a festive seasonal gathering, there are things you can do to offset potential complications. According to business expert Barry Moltz, proper planning can enhance the work place culture in a way that raises morale and celebrates everyone’s hard efforts during the year.
Here are a few of his ideas that we thought were particularly useful:No “wild card” guests. Don't bring a guest except for your spouse or a significant other. The office party is a night where people who get all dressed up and drink and dance together can become unpredictable. Guest behavior can’t be controlled.
Dress up. This is still an office function, so make it clear to everyone what the appropriate attire for the evening will be. Revealing or flashy night club clothes never send the right message. Remember, this is not Halloween.
Mind your mouth. Even though you're in a casual environment, there is still no place for foul language, bad jokes or office gossip.
Give a toast, but not a state of the union. This is a good opportunity to thank all the employees and brag about their achievements. Don’t give a long drawn out speech that no one wants to listen to (especially the guests). Make your positive comments about the staff, not about you.
Other useful tips include mingling with others and avoiding karaoke moments.
To read all his suggestion for a successful holiday party, click here.
And please remember to drink responsibly and drive safely.