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Save Your Dignity (and Your Job) at the Holiday Party!

What is it about the office holiday party that makes otherwise reasonable people lose total control? Who knows. But in an effort to offer some helpful hints about how to behave at this year's holiday gathering, I wrote the December Office Handbook column on this very subject. The next thing I knew, I was making appearances on NBC's Today show and CNN's American Morning dispensing advice (hugely ironic for anyone who knows me, but I digress).

Now, loyal readers, I need grist for the mill. What are your tips for having fun while keeping your personal integrity intact? Do you have any holiday party horror stories? Please share!

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  • Rob Curtner

    People who feel they must surpress their attitudes about leadership or company policies often let out their real opinions and feelings when they party with their friends. Complaining about customers and bosses is a time honered feature of any industry I have observed. So, the office party combines the freedom of the party mode with the targets for rebellion, creating a recipe for acting out and acting strange. Alcohol sometimes makes us say and do things we regret later.

  • Scott Nelson

    Spouse optional, but recommended. I didn't go to my wife's, and now she's leaving me. (I'm not saying this is typical.)

    Best office party tip every came from Scott Adams in the DNRC Newsletter:

    When your boss starts using the photocopier to copy her butt, DO NOT helpfully offer to press the "Reduce" key.

  • John A. Byrne

    Now, don't tell me that Meg and Ryan are married. Are they? If so, I would say that the husband should attend the wife's holiday party, unless he has a pressing deadline for a story.

  • Meg Underwood

    What is the attendance policy for one's spouse at a holiday party? My husband doesn't want to come to mine....

    Thanks
    Meg Underwood