7 quick tips for getting the most out of the corporate holiday party

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Photo credit: Cookie Studio / Shutterstock.com

The holiday season is a time to be merry with those around you, and that includes colleagues. It never fails that once the holidays hit, gatherings arise … gatherings such as the annual corporate holiday party. Corporate holiday parties are an interesting mixture of business and pleasure, followed by an awkward group game that forces you to be a team player. Here are a few tips when mixing business with pleasure at an office party:


Holiday work parties are common with most companies. It’s a festive time that companies use to bring their staff together. Attendance should be mandatory simply because it’s an opportunity to socialize with those you work with. Though that may sound like no fun for some, work parties are all about participation.

Dress appropriately

Work parties are still business functions. It’s better to wear a conservative outfit than to feel uncomfortable. Also, you’re never sure who will make an appearance at a work party.

Double check the invitation

The invitation should tell you the time, place, and even better, the rundown of what’s expected. If it’s a party in the middle of your workday, more than likely the event has been discussed for some time now which can still be considered an invitation (the guest list, the attire, the expected games, the possible gift exchange, the food, and the hours).

Eat before you go

Since it’s the holidays, the work party will more than likely be filled with yummy treats and finger foods. If you’re not sure what to expect when it comes to the menu or it’s potluck style … eat before you go, just in case the offerings don’t interest you or don’t conform to your dietary restrictions.

Moderation is better than “what happened?” 

It’s a company party, so have a good time but know that there are boundaries. Though you and your colleagues are all adults and most likely know how to monitor your intake, you never want to be that person who’s the subject of water cooler talk the next day.

Small talk

Engage. Corporate holiday parties make for great conversation and genuine fun with colleagues when food, drinks and games are involved. You can use this time to ask certain questions, find out office changes, or use this time to socialize with other staff and their respective departments. It’s also a great opportunity to network with new faces.

Actually enjoy

Your boss and fellow colleagues may use this time to talk about everything other than work. It’s up to you to make the best of the party, as long as you know the type of party it is.


Corporate Communications enthusiast, Storyteller, Millennial. Tyra Laster is a digital contributor who loves career-focused content about dope people making a difference.


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