It is that time of season for Arizona offices! The holidays are here, and it is time to plan the annual company party. Office parties provide a great occasion for coworkers to mingle, reminisce on the past year, and celebrate hard work and success. Drink eggnog, swap gifts and decorate your office space with the people you spend the majority of your week with. However, in order to throw a successful company party, it is important that you avoid those common office party no-no’s. Here are some basic do’s and don’ts to keep in mind for your Arizona commercial office holiday party.
Pick an inappropriate venue
A common office mistake is picking a party venue that is not appropriate for anything office related. If your Arizona office’s party is going to be away from your usual working space, make sure you check-in with your coworkers and get everyone on board with one location. A party at a local bar is very different from a party at a local hotel ballroom.
Drink more than you can handle
Sugary holiday cocktails can give you a false sense of how much alcohol is actually in your system. Pace yourself and be responsible with your liquor intake. If you do end up over-consuming, make sure you get a coworker to drive you home!
Give inappropriate gifts
White Elephant is a great gift-swap game and Secret Santa is a blast, but a gag gift can be off-putting or even offensive depending on who the recipient is. Keep the adult jokes to a minimum and instead give a useful or thoughtful gift. For example, a coffee mug with a clever quote is a great alternative.
Be sensitive to people of all religious and cultural backgrounds
It can be easy to assume that everybody in your Arizona commercial office is attending the party to celebrate a specific holiday, but this is not always the case. Keep your comments and holiday wishes open to people of all cultures so as not to offend anyone. “Happy holidays” is a politically correct alternative to “Merry Christmas;” plus, it encompasses all of the holidays for the winter season in to a two-word phrase.
Learn the dress code beforehand
You don’t want to be that one person who shows up in elf ears and jingle bells when everyone else is wearing his or her regular business attire. Ask around the office about what to wear before the party to get a feel for what the overall attire is going to be. Or if you are the one sending out the invites, be sure to include dress code information on the invitations to minimize any confusion.
Have a great time!
Use this time to connect with your Arizona office cohorts in a more personal way. Steer away from business in your conversation and take the time to reach out or enjoy a game with coworkers you don’t normally get to work with day-to-day. An office holiday party is a great platform to build some personal connections outside of business and start the New Year off with a stronger office team.
Make your office holiday party a hit! Keep these few tips in mind and you will be ready to throw the perfect party for your Arizona commercial office. Stay up-to-date on the latest office tips and Arizona commercial real estate by checking out our blog or contact us today!