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Tips for a Successful Holiday Season in the Workplace

The holiday season is upon us and it presents many opportunities to have fun in the workplace, whether it is an office or elsewhere. However, it can also feature conflict and embarrassment. Therefore, understanding how to be respectful of others and remain professional in your conduct is crucial during the holiday season. Read below on for tips on how to do just that:

Be respectful of differing religions during the season:

If an individual's beliefs are different than their coworkers', the holidays can sometimes be uncomfortable. However, this doesn't mean you can't celebrate the holidays. Get creative and think of ways to include every religion in your celebrations. For example, if you want to stick to just honoring nationalities, you can do an office Christmas tree decorated in flags representing every person's nationality in the office.

Remember the etiquette rules during all holiday events:

Many times, individuals treat office parties as a true party, when it really should be considered a business activity. That is why individuals who are straight-laced and professional during the work day will sometimes end up making a fool of themselves at an office party by drinking way too much alcohol. The following are some tips to remember when attending a holiday party:


  • Dress professionally: Although this event is taking place after office hours, it is still imperative that you dress as if you are attending a business event. This means modest clothing for ladies and nice suits or pants and shirts for men.
  • Eat a little before going to the party: It is a great idea to grab a quick snack before heading to an office party. This is true for a few reasons. First off, if you plan on drinking, it is good to have a bit of food in your stomach. Secondly, if the meal or food that is being served is delayed for some reason, you won’t eat more than you should when the food is served.
  • Be social: Never go to an office party and stand in the corner all evening not speaking to anyone. Even if it is out of your comfort zone, you should push yourself to engage with people at the party. This shows your superiors that you are a team player.
  • Never, ever, ever get drunk: This is perhaps the biggest holiday office party no-no. Getting intoxicated at your office party can lead to all kinds of problems. Issues can range in severity from simply being embarrassed by your behavior to losing your job over something you said or did. Experts say the best way to avoid drinking too much at a party is to set a drinking limit ahead of time and stick to that amount. Once you have hit that limit, switch to water or other nonalcoholic beverages for the rest of the evening.


The most important aspect to remember when celebrating the holidays in a professional setting is that everyone has differing values and beliefs. Not everyone likes to drink and not everyone celebrates the holidays in the same way. Respecting and honoring these varying beliefs and convictions is the best way to ensure a happy holiday season in the workplace.

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