Partying down so you
can move up
Don't skip your office's holiday party, warns a personnel expert.
You could miss out on a great career opportunity.
Turner, executive director of The Creative Group staffing service based in Menlo
Park, Calif., says attendance at seasonal festivities can help employees increase
visibility within the company and build co-worker camaraderie.
are important components to a successful career.
key is to think of the holiday function as a business opportunity, says Turner.
She offers the following tips for making a good impression at your office's seasonal
yourself to at least two people outside of your usual circle. Co-workers from
other departments could be valuable contacts.
the conversation: Come with one or two topics in mind, such as current
news events, movies you've seen or books you've read. Steer clear of sensitive
subjects, such as politics or religion. And even though it's an office function,
avoid excessive shop talk.Dress
tastefully: If appropriate, dress up for the event, but keep it conservative.
Don't wear anything overly flamboyant.Eat
first: Snack before you get to the party so you can focus on mingling
instead of munching. Eschew excessive alcohol; limit yourself to one cocktail
or less.Don't overstay your welcome:
Exit when most of the crowd goes. Be sure to thank the party planners. And say
good-bye to your supervisor before you leave.
Missing an occasional
company activity probably won't knock you off your career track, Turners says,
but being a perpetual no-show can cause a firm to question an employee's enthusiasm
So reconsider before you toss that invitation.
Take note of these tips and head to the office party. You might be glad you did.