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How to handle the 4 common dilemmas of office holiday parties

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Office holiday parties are a great way to create positive visibility for your career. It is an opportunity for you to socialize with a majority of your company in a relaxed atmosphere. However, there is also a danger that you could become a little too lax.

In addition, below are 4 common dilemmas that you may face during your holiday party.

1. To dance or not to dance?
The DJ or band is playing your favorite song, the one which celebrates fast cars, hooking up with random strangers, and booze. Should you go on the dance floor and shake your tail feather? Probably not. Instead, wait for a less controversial tune to show off your dancing skills. Also, avoid dancing provocatively. Best to save your new found twerking skills for a non-work event.

2. Firing up an office romance
Holiday parties are notorious as hunting grounds for predatory co-workers on the prowl. For most of the year, you may have been wishing that the attractive colleague in Legal would look your way. Please note that the office holiday party is probably not the best time to act on your curiousity. Alcohol and good cheer are freely flowing which could result in signals getting crossed…which could lead to hurt feelings and a write up from HR.

3. Party attire
What you decide to wear to your office holiday party may depend on your specific industry, workplace culture, job position, age, and/or the region of the country in which you reside. However, no matter your particular set of work circumstances, dressing provocatively is not good for your professional image. If you are unsure what to wear lean on the conservative side of things. The classic little black dress for women and the standard dress shirt and slacks for men will almost always be considered appropriate attire.

4. Alcohol consumption
Limit yourself to 1 or 2 drinks only. This will prevent you from unnecessarily embarrassing yourself.

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