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How To Behave At a Work Party

Work parties are a professional event. Avoid embarassment or a pink slip on your desk by behaving appropriately at your next office party.


  • Step 1: Be professional and do not gossip or complain about work or coworkers. Avoid controversial topics.
  • Step 2: Avoid flirting and keep your hands to yourself.
  • Step 3: Show your appreciation and thank those who coordinated the office party.
  • FACT: Employers annually spend more than $9 billion in increased absenteeism and health-care due to motor-vehicle crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver.
  • Step 4: Build relationships and share your positive attitude. Spark up a conversation or introduce yourself to the president of the company, coworkers, the CEO, and vice presidents.
  • Step 5: Dress appropriately for the party. Keep any flashy or revealing clothes at home.
  • Step 6: Attend the office party and stay for at least one hour. Come only with invited guests. Check ahead to see if spouses, significant others, or children are welcome.
  • Step 7: Drink in moderation. Alternate alcoholic beverages with water or a soda.
  • TIP: Try to limit your total alcoholic drinks to two.
  • : Don't drink unless you're of legal age. Drink responsibly, and never drink and drive.

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