This post is by Julee Russo, a dog lover who focuses on living life and savoring every moment
without messing up the next. 🙂
The office party might be the biggest double edged blade in American corporate culture. Even though reports from Careerbuilder.com indicate that employees who partake in happy hour are more likely to advance, mixing with co-workers during a happy hour offers the potential for disaster. Add in the pressure of coming up with a clever costume or outfit, and the anxiety of attending the office party can become outright frightful. But cheer up party-goers, the minefield of the office party can be cleared with some preparation.
Know your Limits, Don’t Test Them
Knowing one’s alcohol tolerance should be the first step prior to stepping up to the bar, but even experienced drinkers should remember that the office party is not the same as a weekend with friends. The ability to chug a pitcher faster than the starting left tackle might have been social gold in college, but the ability might raise questions about maturity in the eyes of your superiors. Just because the office paid for an open bar does not mean that the goal of the party should be to drain it of every drop. Indulge and mingle without forgetting that you’ll have to face these same co-workers again when the party stops.
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