Follow these etiquette guidelines for your office party

Nearly 70 percent of employers say they’ll have a holiday party this year, according to a CareerBuilder survey. But office parties can be dangerous to navigate for both employees and employers.

A holiday party should be a voluntary event and employees should be assured that their attendance is not mandatory. But if you do decide to attend and  want to have fun yet still want have a job come Monday morning, consider these guidelines developed by Business Insider:

  • Make an effort to show up at the office holiday party. It shows your commitment to your job and company. But if you’re an employer, don’t retaliate against employees who don’t attend; they may have a legitimate reason.
  • Don’t be the first person to leave. It makes it look like you have better things to do and never wanted to be there in the first place.
  • Dress appropriately.  Just because the party is after work hours, that doesn’t mean you should wear something that’s not work appropriate.
  • Make sure your significant other knows what kind of attire is expected and if there are any topics they should avoid discussing.  Their behavior will reflect on you.
  • Don’t be antisocial. Talk to people you don’t know and use the party as an opportunity to meet new people.
  • Don’t get drunk. Set a limit for yourself before going to the party. Make sure you eat something to lessen the effects of alcohol..
  • Keep your conversation positive. Don’t complain about your job or company. You never know who’s listening.
  • Don’t talk about work. This is social time. Read about current events or topics from professional journals ahead of time so you have some conversation starters ready.
  • Don’t flirt. You don’t need a sexual harassment claim against you.
  • Don’t make a fool of yourself. You don’t know who’s taking video or where it will wind up. Likewise, avoid posting negative comments and inappropriate photos of others to social media.
  • And finally, make sure you say thank you to the host or party organizers.

For questions about how business law might apply to planning your office holiday party, contact the Miami office of PPK Law firm.