Holiday parties – naughty, nice and nonexistent

Figured the same day I opened up our holiday-party email (we’re having our small departmental one but nixing the gift exchange) would be a good day to share a few holiday-party notes I’ve been compiling to kick off the season.  I guess top of the list, and in keeping with the nixing theme, has to be this survey from OfficeTeam that finds 52 percent of executives saying their employers are not holding holiday celebrations at all this year. I guess the recovery is still recovering.

But should yours be one of the companies deciding not to dampen the spirit (the OfficeTeam survey says 79 percent of managers and 75 percent of employees whose companies throw holiday parties indicate they enjoy them), here, courtesy of, are a few choice notes on how not to ruin your own reputation. There’s no harm in sharing them with all employees before you let the partying begin.

Probably the more obvious caution from Susan M. Heathfield lays out her “Top Seven Office Party Gaffes” – the most obvious of which is the don’t-drink-too-much one. “One executive,” she writes, “after drinking too many martinis, stripped naked and climbed his city’s water tower.”

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By Kristen Frasch

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