How to avoid holiday work party faux pas

Don't be That Guy at your company's holiday

Don't be That Guy at your company's holiday party this year. (Credit: iStock)

It's officially Holiday Office Party Season, and we all know what that means: Starting Monday, there will be countless "walks of shame" back into the workplace. And this phenomenon isn't limited to New York or even the U.S. It's going on all over the world. As. We. Speak. Your job is to make sure it doesn't happen to you.

According to a TorontoJobs.ca survey of workplace holiday partygoers:

 — 77% reported witnessing severe intoxication by co-workers.

 — 64% reported observing unsuitable attire among co-workers.

 — 52% reported noticing inappropriate behavior such as loud arguments, flirting, etc., among co-workers.

So how can you ensure you steer clear of unfortunate faux pas that will make you hate yourself in the morning?

Paul Spiegelman, author of  "Smile Guide: Employee Perspectives on Culture, Loyalty and Profit" (Brown Books Publishing/$24.95), offers these tips:

—  If the company is spending money to throw a party for you, you should attend. It's common courtesy.

—  When you go to the party, have a good time, but don't drink too much.

—  Don't cross the line between regular dancing and dirty dancing. This applies to your significant other, too, if attending your company's party.

—  Be appreciative.

And you probably should leave the mistletoe at home, too.

The bottom line? Eat, drink, be merry with your co-workers. Just don't go overboard.

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