1. Accept the invitation
Participation in a company celebration is not obligatory. Keep in mind, however, that a no-show gives the impression that you have no interest in becoming an outsider.
2. The dresscode
If a dress code is given on the invitation, be sure to stick to it. If nothing is given, the place where it is celebrated is crucial. Celebrate on the bowling alley, a dark suit makes no sense.
If you are invited to a fancy restaurant, the suit is very suitable. For the ladies: Let daring outfits (low neckline, too short skirt, high heels) better for a private occasion in the closet. Basically, the same applies to a celebration as in everyday working life: "More material means more authority."
3. Restraint in alcohol
"Children and drunks always tell the truth". You should be aware of this wisdom when drinking alcohol. If you look too deeply into the glass, you're in danger of saying phrases that will hurt you the next day, be embarrassing or even hurt your career.
In addition, excessive alcohol consumption gives the impression that you are doing well at the expense of the company. So: prefer a glass less than one too much.
4. The food
There are two aspects to keep in mind: First, do not go to the buffet before your boss has released it, and second, do not overload your plate. A sense of proportion is required. Better go several times and take smaller portions.
To each course you take a new plate. If the food is individually ordered, stay modest and order not only the most expensive and most unusual dishes on the menu.
5. Watching flirting
If you flirt too conspicuously with your colleague, you are always exposed to the eyes of others. That could be the topic in the next day Company become. Anyone who feels flirtatious, seeks the best support and involves a neutral third party in the conversation.
6. Be careful with the "you"
If you are offered the "you" by your boss, you should accept it. According to Business-Knigge the rule applies: The higher rank offers the Rangniederen the "you". Spontaneous "Duz-offers" from colleagues are to be treated with caution, because some of these offers are tacitly revised the next day.
Then leave this change of mind uncommented. It's best to wait and greet your colleagues with a "good morning".
7. Show good manners
Punctual appearance is self-evident. Do not leave the celebration much more than most other colleagues. If you want or need it, please explain to your host. A thank you for the successful feast at the farewell pleased every boss.
8. Small talk skillfully
To start a conversation are very good topics such as hobbies, holidays, city breaks or children. The corporate party is not the place for career talks, salary demands, colleagues' puzzles, or suggestions for improvement.
In principle, polarizing themes, which can quickly lead to disagreements or to bad mood, are to be avoided. These include, for example, politics, religion, illness or death.
9. How the body speaks
Pay attention, especially at a later hour, to the distance zone, ie the physical distance to your interlocutor should not be below an arm's length. This will make sure that you do not put anyone on their toes.
In conversation, look at your opponent, do not cross your arms, or do not put your hands in the bag. This way you are expressing an appreciative attitude.
10. The day after
The next day everyone is back in his role. Who then feels that he is not behaved as he should, speaks best.
It is better to apologize and thus image harm to conversations of colleagues or supervisors.
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