Expert Tips for Surviving the Workplace Holiday Party

Now that the holidays have arrived, workplaces around the country are planning holiday parties. Quintessential Careers offers advice to workers for surviving -- and thriving -- the holiday party.

Kettle Falls, WA, November 28, 2012 --( Don't be like Adam, a worker who had a bit too much to drink at his holiday office party and decided to play human bowling ball, running down a hallway trying to knock down co-workers. Not only did he become the hot item on the company’s gossip grapevine, but a few days later he found himself without a job.

"The most important thing for workers to remember is that no matter where the event is held, a company-sponsored holiday party is 100-percent a workplace event -- meaning that it is a work event, not a social one," says Career Expert Randall Hansen, publisher of leading career resources site, Quintessential Careers (

"Even if the event is just co-workers -- no bosses -- a holiday party is not the place to blow off steam about your problems with the organization or the people that work there,” says Hansen. “You don’t want to be the focus of the grapevine or find a video of your rant on Facebook or YouTube."

Hansen suggests that all workers should attend their workplace holiday parties, dress appropriately, do everything in moderation, network and mingle with co-workers, show gratitude to the bosses and party-planners... and try and have some fun.

Other tips suggested by Quintessential Careers:
• Do keep all conversations positive and upbeat.
• Don't spend the evening complaining, bragging, correcting, whining, or ridiculing. And do avoid controversial subjects (such as religion, politics, etc.) and off-color jokes.
• Don't monopolize conversations -- and, especially, don't talk about yourself or your accomplishments all night.
• Do be gracious and thank coworkers and team members for all their help and hard work during the past year. And don't even think about gossiping about others.

Workers wanting to do their best at company parties can find more tips and advice in these two articles:
• Surviving the Office Holiday Party: How NOT to Lose your Job or be the Topic of Conversation Around the Office. URL:
• Holiday Office Party Do's and Don'ts. URL:

About Quintessential Careers: For more than 15 years, this comprehensive career development site has been empowering job-seekers of all ages find their ideal careers and jobs. With more than 5,200 pages of content -- from articles, quizzes, and tutorials -- Quintessential Careers offers visitors no-cost content that can improve their lives. Learn more here:

About Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.; Randall Hansen is the founder and publisher of Quintessential Careers, and has been involved in the career industry for more than 20 years.
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