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The dangers of over-indulgence
Tue, 11 Oct 2011 09:04
Office parties are often a social reason for management to network with members of theirs and other teams, to further enhance business relationships. During these occasions, it is important to be on your best social behaviour, suggests Lawrence Wordon, MD of Kelly.
Though social interaction with business colleagues can sometime prove to be awkward, it is important to discuss both social and business-related topics, suggests Wordon.
The accessibility to alcoholic drinks at year end functions, whilst tempting, should be consumed with caution. Excessive drinking may lead to a change of behaviour, and result in less control over your actions. Staying clear headed will always benefit you and could help build those important bridges for your career.
To assist in managing the obstacles of year end office parties, Wordon provides five dos for Office Party Etiquette below:
Be informed of the latest news both in South Africa and globally so that you can hold a conversation with unfamiliar colleagues.
Identify important members of the organisation to ensure that you dont end up asking the CEO which department he works in.
Get a good nights sleep before the party to ensure you are well rested, with a clear and uncluttered mind. This will ensure your focus is clearly directed, building a positive impression.
Have a collection of clean jokes that you can pull out in any group situation. Humour is a great way to build relationships. If you are unsure of whether a joke may offend someone, rather keep it to yourself.
If you are planning to have an alcoholic drink or two, pre-plan your trip home. Take responsibility for your actions by arranging a lift with a colleague or a taxi service.