How to take advantage of the yearly office party
Many people spend more time at work than they do at their own homes. They spend all year working hard, often under stressful circumstances. Some people even spend inordinate amounts of time at work because they fear that the poor economic conditions will cause them to lose their jobs. For many working people the yearly office party is a sign that another year has passed successfully and that they can at last relax, even if it is for just a little while.
In many companies employees do not really know other employees outside their immediate working circles. The office party is a great way to get to know co-workers. It is also the ideal time for senior managers and directors to get to know their employees in an informal milieu. What better time can there be to motivate everybody, congratulate achievers and to thank people for their contributions? This is also their chance to distribute awards and to make special announcements. Many companies use this opportunity to pay bonuses and to announce promotions. A well-organized event can, in fact, be a team building exercise that promotes loyalty among all employees.
Great care should be taken to ensure that the annual party does not get out of hand. There are numerous examples of employees drinking too much and making fools of themselves. Such behaviour can all too easily cause serious damage to a promising career. The best advice is to avoid any abnormal behaviour, to resist becoming familiar with anybody, not to use the occasion as an opportunity to voice disappointments and complaints and to remain professional at all times. One of the best ways to avoid rowdiness is to also invite the spouses of all employees. Some companies hold their office party early on in the day and they limit the duration to an hour or two.