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 specified on the invitation, you must adhere to it. If nothing is specified, the place where the celebration takes place is decisive. Celebrate on the bowling alley, a dark suit doesn't make a difference Sense.
However, if you are invited to a chic restaurant, the suit is very suitable. For women, it is better to leave daring outfits (deep neckline, skirt too short, high heels) in the closet for a private occasion. Basically, the same applies to a celebration as in everyday work: "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 run the risk of saying sentences that make you feel sorry for yourself the next day, that are embarrassing or even harm 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 become an issue in the company the next day. Those who feel pressured to flirt are best looking for support and involve a neutral third party in the conversation.
6. Be careful with the “you”
If your boss offers you the “you”, you should accept it. According to business etiquette, the rule applies: the higher ranking offers the “lower” to the lower ranking. Spontaneous “Duz offers” from colleagues should be treated with care, because some of these offers are tacitly revised the next day.
Then leave this change of heart uncommented. The best thing to do is 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 particular attention to the distance zone, especially at a later hour, ie the physical distance to your conversation partner should not be less than an arm's length. In this way, you can be sure that you are not "beating on anyone".
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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