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    February-2013  


The Holiday Party Can Make, Break Careers, Companies

It is estimated one in one hundred company holiday party goers makes a mistake affecting their career path.

Thanks to the Creative Group, here are some of the things others have done to cause them to lose their dignity and possibly their positions. The quotes are from their survey of marketing and advertising leaders.

  • "An employee dressed up as a wrestler."
  • "All the bosses wore boxer briefs."
  • "Someone sported all red at a black and white affair.

For these employees, adopting a "more the merrier" mindset probably wasn't wise:

  • "One coworker brought all of his relatives to the office picnic."
  • "An employee brought a cocker spaniel to a work event -- and the dog relieved himself by the refreshments."
  • "Someone came to the party accompanied by his pet python."

These individuals apparently wanted to take a piece of the company celebration home:

  • "One coworker came to a Christmas party with a bag of Tupperware so she could pack up all the leftovers."
  • "A person left an event wearing someone else's shoes."
  • "Someone took eyeglasses that did not belong to him."
  • "An employee was caught loading his car with food from the holiday party."

Others were more preoccupied with breaking things than breaking bread:

  • "An employee shattered a glass table."
  • "There was a holiday picnic where two coworkers decided it was the perfect time to hash out their differences with an all-out fist fight."
  • "An employee broke his leg climbing a wall."
  • "Someone fell out of a loft and landed hard on a cobblestne floor."
  • "My coworkers were competing on the dance floor to see who could do the best moves. It turned into a fight and they both were let go for inappropriate behavior."

The Creative Group offers five tips for putting your best foot forward at company parties:

Consider your 'plus one' carefully. When a celebration is for employees only, it's a definite faux pas to bring a date. Also, if your significant other is a wild card at parties, it's probably best to go solo.
Ditch the Santa suit. It's OK to be festive, but don't wear anything too outrageous or revealing. Find out what the dress code is and keep to it.
Stick to your limit. If alcohol is served, drink in moderation and don't pressure others who choose to abstain.
Avoid sharing TMI. It's natural to let your guard down during casual get-togethers, but there's no reason to start divulging secrets. Keep the conversation upbeat and avoid cringe-worthy topics.
Don't play paparazzi. It's fun to take photos at group events, but refrain from posting embarrassing pictures of your coworkers on social media. If you want to share photos, be sure to get permission from your work team first.


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