It’s that time for all the annual office holiday parties. Halloween is no exception. Your office might be fortunate enough to be holding this ghoulish gathering. If that is the case, there are a few things to keep in mind as you get ready for the office bash.
Remember the “office” in office party – The annual Halloween or holiday office party is still more “office” than party. You need to act accordingly and remember that your attempt to be the “life of the party” could cost you your job. Office functions of this kind are still considered business functions, wrapped up in a social context. And while Halloween office parties vary widely; from absurd amounts of food and binge eating all day, to costume contests; they are still considered office parties. Use these opportunities to socialize with colleagues you don’t often see, or to have an impactful conversation with the “big boss” that other opportunities don’t present. But keep your wits about you and remember where you are.
Get the details – Communication is crucial when it comes to planning for an office Halloween party, especially if it is a costume party. Keep it professional and ask about any rules the company might have regarding costumes. For example, if you want to dress up like Freddy Kruger, find out ahead of time what the policy is for wearing masks. For security reasons it may not be allowed. Ask whether you can wear your costume to work that day, or whether you should only wear it during the allotted party times. If your company has client interactions being conducted that day, it is especially important to be professional. Also use good judgment when choosing your costume. Ask yourself: would I hang a picture of this costume up near my office desk? If the answer is no, then you need to rethink your costume idea. Talk to your co-workers about their potential costumes. This will help ensure that your costume stays in good taste while still maintaining some sense of fun.
Keep the behavior in check – Bad behavior can run rampant at company parties. So be sure to be mindful of yours during the office festivities. Remain polite, respectful, and considerate to your co-workers. This is the time for more carefree conversation; a little more personal, a little less office, BUT that doesn’t mean offending a co-worker or crossing a line in information sharing. You do still need to work with these people the next day and every day after that.
This is the time of year to relax a little, get to know people better and have some fun. Use the office party as a way to network and be involved. You’d be surprised what you learn about your company and its plans for the future by being present and listening. Showing an interest in the company’s growth will get the attention of your boss. Not a bad way to end the year!