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Holiday Party Do’s and Don’ts

December 3, 2007

Holiday reception and party season is in full swing.  Here are some helpful reminders about appropriate holiday party behavior:

  •  Don’t pass up the invitation to an office party; not attending could hurt your reputation. Spend at least 30 minutes at the party for appearances.
  • Conduct yourself professionally at all times.  Getting so wasted that you can’t stand up, puking on yourself – or others – passing out in the bar and professing your love for a colleague are not behaviors that are going to be forgotten anytime soon. 
  • Don’t spend all evening talking business. Companies and organizations spend a lot of money for their guests to have a good time.  Don’t forget to have fun.
  • Take the time to network and schmooze with people at the party who can influence your career or who you may not see regularly.  Holiday parties are great events to begin building or strengthening business relationships, so don’t forget to introduce yourself and build your network.

And there are also Do’s and Don’ts of holiday gift giving at the office:

  • Check to see if there is a firm/company policy about gift giving and follow the rules. 
  • Set a budget and stick to it.  You don’t need to break the bank on holiday gifts at the office.
  • Consider gifts that can be shared, such as gourmet food items. Plants and flowers or something for the office – paperweights, picture frames, etc., can also be good gifts.  You may want to consider giving donations to charities as gifts, but remember that some people prefer gifts, and don’t ever use donations to controversial charities as a gift.
  • Don’t give gag or other inappropriate gifts. Don’t give items that are too personal, religious, racial, or sexual. Clothing (especially lingerie), perfume/cologne and alcoholic items are also don’ts.
  • Don’t forget to consider that the tastes of others may differ from yours…
  • Don’t feel pressure to run out and buy a gift for your boss if he or she gives you one. But always send a thank-you note acknowledging the gift and expressing your gratitude.
2 Comments leave one →
  1. johne118 permalink
    December 5, 2007 4:41 pm

    Another important tip at client parties is to minimize socialization of multiple lawyers without a client in the conversation. A lot of clients go to these events and don’t know many people. When they see lawyers talking only to other lawyers while the client isn’t talking to anyone, it doesn’t look good. Try to talk to clients, even those who you may not work with, as they will appreciate how the other lawyers in the firm socialized with them.


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