Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Office Holiday Parties - How to Avoid More Than a Headache the Day After

Although the company holiday party is an opportunity to relax a bit and enjoy a fun evening with the people you see Monday through Friday, it's important to remember that this is a work function. Your boss is there. Your boss' spouse is there. This means that it is not a good time to introduce your rendition of Dancing With The Stars or that joke that seemed just a little too edgy for the office. With the popularity of camera and video phones, you can bet that what happens at the company party won't stay at the company party. So, whether you're the boss or enjoying a night out on the boss, here are some tips for your next company party:
  • Talk to your HR Department in advance. Set a strategy to address anyone who's party going gets out of hand.
  • Set a "7th inning stretch". If alchohol will be available, consider closing the bar an hour before the festivities finish to allow people to clear their heads before driving.
  • and finally...if you're having any doubts about taking your partygoing to the next level, ask yourself if you would do the same action at tomorrow's staff meeting. Chances are, you'll opt to save that fun for another time and thank yourself in the morning!

About the Author: Lisa F. Starrett has been a certified paralegal since 1993 and has more than 12 years of experience in human resources and recruiting. As a paralegal with the Law Offices of Carl H. Starrett II, she works in the areas of bankruptcy, business litigation, construction, corporate planning and debt collection.

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