Office happy hours create camaraderie amongst the team, but can also be a dangerous breeding ground for inappropriate behavior.
Office happy hours create camaraderie amongst the team, but can also be a dangerous breeding ground for inappropriate behavior. Acting appropriately at office events is not about being boring, it’s about not becoming the topic of conversation at the water cooler the next day.
So before you raise your glass, check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for the proper do’s and don’ts of an office happy hour:
Tip #1 – Know Your Limit
Having fun and socializing with your peers is the purpose of the happy hour. But you have to remember that no matter how loose and friendly things get after a few drinks, it is still is a work function. So when it comes to an office happy hour, stick to the limit of drinks you can handle and don’t make a fool out of yourself.
Tip #2 – Mingle!
While at an office happy hour, take advantage of talking to someone you rarely see. Or better yet, talk to your boss more openly. You might discover there is a real person behind that tough exterior. People always let their guards down at office happy hour and that can open up opportunities.
Tip #3 – Ditch the Smartphone
You might think that because you are at an office event, you need to show that you are working, but that is not the case. In fact, nothing looks more impressive than when you can say to your coworkers and boss that you already took care of a certain situation. Use this time to connect with your coworkers and save your smartphone battery.
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