No, that wasn’t a joke. Holiday office parties can be fun and just the break from routine you need to talk to that special someone.
For many people, the annual holiday party is a potentially stressful experience. Made more so by the fact of the their single-ness. In fact, did you know that approximately 52% of singles skip holiday parties because they don’t want to go alone.
Check online, and you’ll find plenty of Holiday Party Tips written by PR gurus. Our tips would pass their inspection. But, we know the priority for many smart and savvy singles isn’t always networking or career advancement. Rather, sometimes you just want to mingle and see if there are any interesting people at the party worth getting to know (and maybe dating).
With that in mind:
-If the invitation specifically states, “You and a guest” and you are not in a serious romantic relationship – DON’T bring a friend to the party. We understand the instinct, parties can be intimidating. But this is an opportunity to mingle with colleagues and meet new people. Worrying about entertaining your best friend or your sister will only taint the experience.
-DON’T bring your new crush to the office holiday affair. Office talk and meeting your croonies may be a bit too soon for someone you have been seeing for less than three months.
-DO go alone. We promise, you won’t be the only single person there.
-DON’T spend the whole night talking to the same small group of people.
-DO force yourself to mingle. Set a goal for yourself. For example, I will talk to 3 new people tonight. It might sound silly, but it works. Plus, it gives you a reason to walk away from the bore who has been describing his home holiday lights display.
-DO enjoy yourself. Eat, drink and be merry. Find the positives in the event rather than focusing on your single status.
-DON’T drink too much. Watch yourself and count your drinks, especially if there are waiters constantly refilling your glass. You don’t want to be that guy/girl who got drunk at the holiday party and made a fool of themselves.
-DON’T talk about work all night. You have a life outside of work. Or you should. Let people see the whole you.
-DO think about appropriate topics of conversation before the party. That way you won’t be tongue tied all night.
Enjoy the parties and Happy Holidays!