Office Christmas party survival guide

It’s that time of year again: the dreaded office holiday party, of course!

A survey by an executive search firm says 96% of American companies are going to throw down for their office shin-dig this month. So in case you’re out of practice on your office party etiquette, we came up with a few things to keep in mind.

If you forget a name, don’t try to introduce a coworker to a guest of yours. Say something like, ‘It’s nice to see you.’

Don’t volunteer to talk shop unless you’re asked by a superior.  Generally speaking, talking about work often leads to complaining and the last person you want to offend is your boss.  Instead, talking about holiday plans is always an easy out for conversation.

And you probably don’t want to be the last person to leave, but don’t be the first, either. You want to come across like you enjoy the company of your colleagues, as hard as that may be.

Do not drink too much!  There’s always that one person who has maybe a bit too much egg nog and becomes the talk of office at work the following Monday.  You do not want to be that person.

Finally, bone up on the resumes of the superiors you want to impress and find things you have in common. It could help you with a promotion down the road.