Everyone loves to celebrate a big team win. However, when you bring the parade into the office, you can rub some people the wrong way. Modern Manners Guy has 3 tips for proper sports celebrations at work.
As I write this, my AFC Champion Baltimore Ravens are gearing up for the biggest game of their lives – The Super Bowl. And even though I will not be at the big game, I will be watching with friends and family on TV, cheering on the home team. (See my recent episode about Super Bowl Party Hosting Etiquette.) And come Monday morning, there will be people in the office who can’t wait to bring the victory parade down the hall – for whichever team takes home the Lombardi trophy.>
Whether you’re a big-time trash talker or a kinder, gentler winner, there is nothing wrong with showing your love and affection for your team’s win. However, if you’re in the office, etiquette rules apply. You have to walk that fine line between properly celebrating and obnoxiously gloating over your team’s victory.
So with that, check out my top 3 Quick and Dirty Tips for proper office sports celebrations:
Tip #1: Don’t Be a Maniac
When you think of a typical “sports fan,” a number of bizarre images pop into your mind. There’s the face-painted wild men, the loud screamers, the rowdy groups shouting expletives, and the list goes on. Sadly, you will never think of the average sports fan as someone who sits quietly, like at a tennis match or golf tournament. I admit, too, that I have gotten a bit overzealous when it comes to sports. I’ve screamed, in anger and in joy, until my lungs were empty and my voice was hoarse! What can I say, the team needs me! And in reality, the fans do help their home team win. But, let’s face it, in the office, you don’t have to bring that same intensity to the table.
Obviously the office is a place of business, but it can be a social gathering, too. When you come in on Mondays, you naturally gather with coworkers to discuss your weekend, which can also include a major sports victory. This conversation might even include some gentle joshing with your coworkers, where noise volumes are at a reasonable level and no one curses or rants. This is, of course, proper and encouraged.
However, if you come to work still in your war paint from the weekend, dressed like the team mascot trying to get the office to follow your lead in a team chant, that’s going a little overboard. Yes, you’re excited, if not elated, but the workplace is not the place rub salt on your coworker’s wounds.