It’s the end of the year and everybody has worked hard. A holiday party is on the way and the team certainly deserves it. It will be a great time to see the corporate team in a more intimate setting. A corporate party is supposed to be fun, but you are expected to act appropriately.

  1. Less is more – This is weighed tenfold in regard to alcohol consumption. All too often we hear of the person who had too much to drink. It is important to know your limit, and then drink even less than that at a corporate holiday party. Again, you are supposed to celebrate, all while keeping ‘corporate’ in mind.
  2. Maintain Diplomacy –Although it may seem enticing now that the setting is relaxed, the holiday party is not the time to tell someone what you truly think of him or her. This is not a free pass for a less than professional approach. People will remember what you said, even if it slipped out. Don’t tarnish the reputation you worked hard to gain. Because this is a corporate event you are still accountable for all HR policies.
  3. Plus One’s – Do not show up with a plus one if they were not invited. Disregard for company policy will reflect poorly on you. And to rephrase, the office holiday party is a party for your office. You are celebrating together as a team and do not want to jeopardize the trust of the team.
  4. Hands To Yourself – Sure you may want to give someone a pat on the back or a hug but that’s it. These are the people that you work with every day. They are not your pals on a night out. You are celebrating the success of your work year, not your favorite sport team winning an important game.
  5. Lastly, a ‘Do’ – In spite of all the don’ts to be mindful of, one thing I can assure you of is to be pleasant, happy, and appreciative of your co-workers. Be congratulatory and grateful for all the hard work and support your team has given you over the year. They will appreciate it.

I would like to thank Patrick Coughlin for his help on preparing this article with me. Patrick is a Marketing Analyst at Consultants 2 Go. Don’t forget, you can email me at with any questions you might have and I’ll be glad to answer them. You can also follow my business and me on Twitter @peggymchale and @consultants2go.