From food, to dancing, to open bar, to…passing out on the floor? Holiday parties can be fun, but not when you’re going to be the talk of the office the next day! While it’s time to eat, drink and be merry, don’t ruin your reputation with a couple shots too many.

I’ve seen this happen before at a single’s mixer party. This poor guy, wearing plaid, was so nervous and every time he would approach a girl, he would change his mind and walk back the other way…. Straight towards the bar. He would take a shot, and then make his round again until he had to come back to the bar. By the middle of the party, he was super drunk, touching girls in inappropriate places, standing way too close for comfort, and eventually passing out on the couch. His friends had to carry him to an uber. BUT after he left, he was all anyone could talk about. He came back the next year and got the bad reputation with the ladies and no one treats him with respect.

Like this guy at a singles mixer, this can also at your holiday party. SO, don’t be like this guy. Here are some do’s and don’ts for your holiday party:

Do: Show who you are outside of the office by dramatizing your makeup or styling your hair
Don’t: Overdo it with anything too revealing or short

Do: Introduce your date/friend, especially if they’re important to you. In addition, do meet new people that you haven’t met before
Don’t: Bring someone random home at the end of the night

Do: Enjoy the evening, dance the night away, and eat/drink some extra calories
Don’t: Go so overboard that you get sloppy and your colleagues/friends (or a complete stranger!) need to start taking care of you

Do: Keep your hands to yourself. Yes, even if it’s your significant other. Light touching is fine, but this is not a place to get too handsy
Don’t: Flirt and/or engage in other inappropriate behavior, especially if it’ll have people talking the next day

Do: Have a conversation about something other than work, or keep it limited. Keep it light and upbeat
Don’t: Complain about work, your coworkers, your boss, etc. Also don’t think about gossiping about others– you’ll never know who’s around to listen

Overall, holiday parties should be light and fun, but do keep in mind that there are still people watching your actions. Make sure to keep it professional, but not so much that you feel like you’re at a work function. Take the time to relax and have fun! Happy Holidays!

Do you have any other do’s and don’ts of work holiday parties? Share them in the comment below!

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