23 Must-Know Office Party Etiquette Tips

At all times remember the word office in office party. There is a level of professionalism still expected of you when you attend an office party.

You don’t want to be remembered as the “Tequila Slammer Dude” or the “Short Skirt Sally Chick” after the party.
Always keep in mind that you’re partying with your colleagues, not your college mates. Ensure that you enhance your image socially and professionally whilst still having a good time.

1. If you are invited with a partner, don’t bring your party animal friend who will damage your reputation with their awful jokes and drinking habits.
2. Attend at all costs. You might hate mingling with office staff after hours but its essential you attend the office party. It signals your commitment to the company and your understanding of the goals of the party. It shows you as a team player.
3. Never bring uninvited guests-even if its your out of town cousin.
4. Don’t go for the sexy look or latest catwalk fashion; rather opt for a classy, professional look that will get you noticed by management in the right way.
5. Make sure you adhere to the dress code-don’t come casual smart to a formal function –to get to know more about these click here
6. Don’t overindulge in aftershave or fragrance to the point of making others nauseous.
7. Be aware of body odour after sweating it up on the dance floor.
8. Don’t wear “stripper type heels”. Make sure you can walk with purpose in the heels you choose. Never wear a new pair of shoes to a function-you’ll end up with blisters.
9. Don’t walk around barefoot because your feet hurt-make sure you pack a pair of comfortable shoes you can change into later in the evening.
10. Everything in moderation from conversation to alcohol consumption.
11. If a buffet is being served don’t pile up your dish as if its your last meal.


12. Don’t sample the food or lick your fingers while you are waiting in the buffet  line.
13. At no time is taking extra food home in your Tupperware appropriate at these occasions.
14. If place cards are on the tables, do not shift them around to suit yourself-they have been placed there for a reason.
15. “Open Bar” does not mean knocking back as many shooters as you possibly can. Polishing off the entire wine bottle at your table is not the done thing just because no one else is drinking it.
16. Don’t pressurise others to drink or have another shooter-NO means NO.
17. This is NOT the opportunity to get to know the cute blonde in admin“really well.” Avoid flirting outrageously or being “too touchy” on or off the dance floor.
18. Don’t leave your reputation on the dance floor by showing off your sexy moves to “I’m sexy and I know it”
19. You may have a secret crush on that guy in Finance or can’t stand the CFO-this is not the time to let everyone know.
20. Don’t criticize someone’s outfit or complain about the awful food or décor to colleagues. Leave your company complaints, grievances, off-color jokes, and negativity at home.
21. Keep mints or breath fresheners on you so you can continue conversing after you have eaten the fish bites or garlic rolls.
22. When leaving – always thank the host and bid farewell to relevant management.
23. The next day or so, send a thank you note/e-mail to the host/management for hosting the party.

“Never be the first to arrive at a party or the last to go home and never; never be both” – David Brown


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