It's time for the company Christmas party, and every year there's someone who acts like a buffoon.
The folks at Challenger, Gray & Xmas have offered up some guidelines:
1. Arrive early: This could be your best chance to talk with senior executives while things are still quiet. 2. Work the room: Use the occasion to meet people in other departments -- you never know who can help your career.
3. Do not over-indulge: Free alcohol can quickly lead to excessive drinking. Stay in control. You do not want to do anything embarrassing to you --or your employer. Even if your alcohol-induced actions do not get you fired, they could hurt your chances for advancement.
4. Be friendly, but not too friendly: The company party is not the place to try out your latest pick-up lines. Such behavior could easily be seen as sexual harassment.
5. Avoid talking business: This is not the right time to approach your boss with a new business idea. Save that for Monday morning.