Tis the season for the holiday party. Just a quick career reminder. It is not too wise to get carried away with the egg nog and HO HO HO at the workplace party. A recent poll conducted by Monster, the international job boards operator, asked the following question of 3,699 visitors to their website, “Have you ever done something regrettable at an office party—-for example , consumed too much alcohol or spoken offensively to a colleague or superior?” The results:
*Extremely regrettable: I’ve been fired for office party behavior 4%
*Somewhat regrettable : I’ve damaged my career/reputation 3%
*Mildly regrettable: I’ve been embarrassed for a few days 10%
*No regrets: I’ve misbehaved , but with no ill effects 14%
*I’ve never done anything regrettable at an office party 69%
Normal workplace etiquette and rules still apply. Look at the holiday party as an opportunity to network and socialize with those you do not normally come into contact with.