Holiday Party Etiquette

Holiday party etiquette never goes out of style-especially when it involves a work event!  With the Holiday Season among us and in full swing, here are a few reminders of what to do and what not to do at a holiday gathering.


  • Arrive on time
  • Wear something festive
  • Socialize with those you may not always interact with daily
  • Limit your alcohol intake


  • Tell inappropriate jokes or stories
  • Dress like you are going to a singles bar
  • Gossip or speak negatively about co-workers
  • Put your subordinates in a position to claim you harassed them, sexually or otherwise
  • Think that your behavior goes unnoticed

An employer has put in time, effort, and money to show appreciation to their employees and offer a time to celebrate the season.  Don’t be the one that everyone is whispering about on Monday morning!

For employers, please don’t forget that if this is a company sponsored event, you have inherent risk and liability related to your employment practices and the actions and behaviors of your staff, especially your supervisors and managers.  Do not ignore complaints or concerns presented about inappropriate behavior at these events, and I highly recommend if alcohol is being served, that there is a limit when employer paid, and that you close any cash bar long before the end of the event to allow staff to sober up before getting on the road and driving.  Consider paying for employee rides home if alcohol is being served to protect your greatest asset, your people.

Article Written by Jennifer Cook, Chief Operations Officer