Oh By Golly Have a Holly Jolly Office Holiday Party This Year!

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It’s that time of year again! Please enjoy this holiday post, written and originally posted in 2016 by ALT Partner Rebecca Toth.


It’s that most wonderful time of the year. Whether you’re excited for festivus, jolly old saint nick, the first noel, eight crazy nights or chrismukkah, you better think twice about the holiday office party. Let’s make sure that when your big boss checks the list to see who’s been naughty or nice, you’re squarely on the nice list. Here are a few office holiday party “DOs” and “DON’Ts” to consider along with some real life mishaps that we have been privy to.

Eat, drink and be merry!

Definitely DO go to the office holiday party. It’s a great way to get to know your co-workers in an informal, social way. There will be lots of laughs, particularly at those co-workers who follow the ‘don’t do’ rules of holiday party etiquette. Done right, however, you’ll see strong mentor relationships and even real friendships develop. Be sure to eat if you plan on having a drink and engaging in merriment. That way you’ll not end up like one office holiday party attendee who passed out in their soup.

Dress in Holiday Style

Holiday parties are the time for a little extra sparkle and shine. DO don something more than your usual office attire. But choose wisely. It’s still a work function and it should be classy. With class achieved, still watch out for wardrobe malfunctions. You definitely want to avoid your strapless dress slipping down while swing-dancing with a senior member of the department in front of everyone!

I don’t know if there’ll be snow, But have a cup of cheer!

Of course the office holiday party is a time to celebrate but DON’T overindulge. The next day when you walk down Bay Street to say hello to friends you know make sure it’s not with your head hung in shame! Almost every awesomely horrific office party story is fueled by one cup too many of good cheer. Moderation is the key to not being the only one in the holiday ‘spirit’ dancing on the bar, splitting your suit pants on the dance floor, or taking a brief nap in the bathroom.

Outside the snow is falling, And friends are calling “Yoo-hoo!”

DO mingle and network with everyone, not just your usual crew. Make a great impression on all – the support team, your peers, and more senior partners. DON’T air your grievances like one first year associate who told the managing partner that they deserve to be paid more because they’re a better lawyer than most at the firm. Similarly, think twice about taking on the office nemesis even though they may well deserve a lump of coal for how they treat others.

Oh, ho the mistletoe, Hung where you can see

While the mistletoe may have been hung with care, the office holiday party is not the place to ‘romance’. A few torrid stories we’ve heard include dirty dancing, office love triangles ending in fist fights, and secretly kissing a co-worker while your significant other chats with other guests. That’s not very merry at all. DO show your appreciation to others in a warm but appropriate way.

Auld Lang Syne

We all love the song that caps off the end of a holiday party. But at this party, DON’T be the last one standing, belting out holiday classics. You still have to show up at work the next morning, all merry and bright!

Happy Holidays & Have Fun!

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