Tips, tactics and strategies to help you have a Perfect Workday AND a lighter heart.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Singing "Moves Like Jagger", "Strip" Darts and Balancing a Cheeto On Your Nose
This is a great week! My last seminar for the year
is Friday and The Perfect Workday Company Christmas party is Friday night.
More than likely the party will be the usual
celebration with a whole range of food (some of which will end up on the floor
and clothes), rum and beer consumed, cigars smoked, lots of loud talking and
laughing and REALLY loud music.
And I’ll be the only one in attendance.
Having a one-person company is, in many ways, very
different from working in an organization with a few or many employees.
One of the different areas is etiquette. I don’t really
worry if I show up in the office wearing cammo bedroom slippers, torn boxer
shorts and the University of Hell T-shirt Elaine brought back to me from the
If you show up to work in the same outfit I doubt
the welcome would be the same…but then, you never know.
This is the time of year business holiday parties—yours
and clients/friends—get cranked up. And while my company party will be a singular affair, yours probably won't be.
Here are three tips from someone who did not handle
the party scene very well early in their career, but figured it out pretty
Tip #1: Have a plan. Enter the party smiling, find
the host and thank them for the invite (maybe even take a small gift), have one
drink and then start drinking water/soda/coffee, have a little food (keep
checking your teeth for specks and watch out for garlic), touch base with a few
people and then leave the party after a couple of hours.
Tip #2: Stick to the plan. Holiday business parties
are not parties they are tests, I don’t care what folks tell you. Try this…If
you had a choice first thing on Monday morning which question would you rather
answer: “Why’d you leave so early Friday night, the party was just getting
wild?” Or, “HEY! YOU WERE OFF THE CHAIN ON FRIDAY NIGHT HAVE YOU SEEN THE
YOUTUBE?!!” Google Drunks on video and get an idea of what your coworkers might
see if you don't follow the plan.
Tip #3: Send a thank you note to the host. So few
people will do this that the host/hostess will save the thank you note and show
it around. And you’ll look like a champ.
I’ll say it again. Holiday parties are tests
whether they are held in an office, your neighbors’ homes or the restaurant
down the street.
Finally, a few last minute suggestions: Don’t
gossip, you’ll hear it on Monday morning in the staff meeting; don’t show any
tattoos; don’t sing unless everyone else does (and then it’s better to just
mouth the words), don’t participate in any activity that starts with the word “strip”;
don’t be the one who tells the boss what she/he “really needs to know”; don’t
be the one to tell the woman in accounting that her make-up makes her look like
a clown; don’t be the one who wins the “shots” game; and don’t drive home if
you didn’t follow the plan.
Mike Collins is president of The Perfect Workday Company, an information company based in The Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. He presents 100+ programs a year for organizations such as IBM, American Express, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals and The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School and Center.