Office parties – How to behave, despite the circumstances.

Social events in the office are always a welcome distraction. Consider this advice and how to behave at work dinners and business parties. 

Parties and work lunches are extensions of the work dynamic, which is why it’s important not to let ourselves get carried away, or behave as if we were among friends (do you want to be remembered as the person  who embarrassed themselves at the 2018 Christmas party?!) Bearing that in mind, this type of event is a great opportunity to network and make yourself look good at the company. So how should you behave at work dinners or at Christmas parties this festive season?

Firstly, don’t even think about not going! It would most likely be frowned upon by the rest of your team. And who knows what you might miss. Don’t forget that HR execs have spent a lot of time on preparing the party: this isn’t something to be taken lightly.

On the other hand, pay attention to the dress code. Although it depends on your company style and the type of party they’re hosting, it’s still probably best not to turn up to a black-tie event wearing jeans…

Sometimes, work dinners can even take the form of hors d’oeuvres or casual nibbles, followed by drinks and music. In these cases, the best thing is to eat something beforehand (to line your stomach and avoid hunger pangs) and once you’re at the party, drink responsibly.

When it comes to body language, maintain a relaxed but upright posture. Slouching or closing your body language could make you appear shy, embarrassed or bored – so stand up straight! At a work do, you can’t beat a natural smile and eye contact. Keeping your body language open will make you more approachable, inviting colleagues (even to those you might not know) to come and talk to you.

When someone comes over to chat, greet them with a handshake and a smile. Some studies show that people who greet each other like this are twice as likely to be remembered. Whatever you do, in a professional setting, avoid controversial conversation topics, obscene jokes, or criticizing your colleagues. This is the best time to introduce yourself to make new contacts and allies.

If your dinner or work party is held during the week, leave at a reasonable hour. Before you go, remember to say goodbye to your colleagues and thank the organizers for the amazing job they’ve done. And don’t forget to set your alarm! You still have the same routine as usual tomorrow!

We hope these dinner and work party tips help you to have a great night with your colleagues. Let us know how it goes 🙂