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Friday, December 23, 2011

5 Things Not To Do at Your Company Holiday Party

The office holiday party is a great time to mix and mingle with people you see or normally don't see around the office on a daily basis. It's a time to relax and hopefully eat good food and cross your fingers that you got a good Secret Santa. Better yet, that you're not the first person picked during the White Elephant gift exchange.

You go to the office holiday party, because it's the right thing to do. Or simple because you want to attend. There's always someone that likes to stand out at the holiday party. Either by wearing something "loud," like a reindeer sweater with lights, or the other extreme, a prom dress with metallic sequence and stripper heels.

Before you bust out the electric slide at the party, here are 5 Things Not To Do at Your Company Holiday Party:

1. Don't dance inappropriately. Antonette C. suggests, "Better yet, if you can't dance then refrain from raising the roof." A former colleague of mine break danced at our Christmas party. Let's just say he only lasted 6 months afterwards.

2. Don't get drunk and start flirting with your co-workers. If there's a mistletoe, don't feel obligated to stand under it and kiss your co-worker. If anything move far away from the mistletoe.

3. No PDA with your significant other. Remember that you're still at work.

4. Don't double dip or use your fingers to eat from the buffet line. Don't fill up plate to the rim with food. Remember to leave some for others.

5. Shasedy W. recommends, " Don't bring a date other than your spouse."

It's also not good to be fashionably late to the party. Let's face it, this is a time to enjoy and have fun. Not a time to act like a 21-year-old who just got the green flag to drink booze in public. Mingle with everyone and have a good time!

Sojourner Marable Grimmett is an Atlanta-based author who is recognized for writing about the joys and challenges of being a “stay-at-work” mom and connects with moms, both new and experienced, who have the responsibility of raising a family and maintaining a full-time job. Sojourner has been featured in FitPregnancy, iVillage,,, and She is married to her college sweetheart, Roland and they have two young sons, Roland Jay and Joshua. Visit her blog follow her on Twitter and like her on Facebook. Also join her new campaign to support establishing lactation rooms in public places.


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