2017-12-29 15:10



  Holiday parties are a great opportunity to spend time with coworkers, but you still have to be on your best behavior.


  The choices people make at the party carry over to the workday, and can impact their careers.


  That doesn't mean you should skip the party — make an appearance, talk to your coworkers, and drink responsibly.


  'Tis the season for office holiday parties, which can be fun and festive if everyone is on their best behavior — or disastrous when too many people decide to let loose.


  Unfortunately, the latter happens far too often.


  "People need to remember that although the holiday party is a time to celebrate, this activity is still a business event and how you behave matters," says Barbara Pachter, an etiquette expert and the author of "The Essentials of Business Etiquette."

  “人们需要谨记,尽管节日派对是庆祝的时机,这个活动仍然是一种商业活动,你的言行都会造成影响。”Barbara Pachter说道,她是一名礼仪专家,同时也是《商务礼仪的重要事项》的作者。

  "People have said and done all sorts of inappropriate things that have impacted their career by not following simple etiquette rules," she adds. "For example, it is important to stay sober. One young man got drunk at his holiday party, cursed out his boss, and got fired on the spot. The next day he couldn't understand why his badge didn't work. He had no recollection of the previous evening's events."


  According to a new CareerBuilder survey, a whopping 69% of employers say they'll throw a holiday party this year. If your company is one of them and you want to keep your job and reputation intact, here are some simple etiquette rules to follow:


  1. Don't skip it

  1. 不要缺席

  Unless you already have other plans that night that you absolutely cannot miss or change, show up to the office holiday party.


  "You may not want to go," says Pachter, but it's important that you show your commitment to the company.


  "Your absence will be noticed, and most likely, noted by your boss and other higher ups," she adds.


  2. Don't be the first to leave

  2. 不要第一个离开

  Obviously someone has to be the first to leave. But for the same reason that you shouldn't skip the holiday party altogether — it's good for your career to show your face — you should avoid being the first one saying their goodbyes.


  3. Don't forget to prepare your guest or significant other

  3. 别忘了带上你的另一半

  Many times significant others are included or you're allowed to bring a guest.


  Let them know about appropriate dress and topics of conversation to stay away from, says Pachter. Also, make sure your guest follows all the rules: "His or her behavior will reflect on you."


  4. Don't dress inappropriately

  4. 着装要得体

  The party may not take place during traditional work hours — but that doesn't mean you should dress like you're going to a nightclub.


  You should wear clothing you wouldn't be embarrassed to wear to work, but, since it's a special occasion, it's fine to take it up one notch — just don't go over the top.


  "It is a party, but your attire needs to be suitable for a business event, not a nightclub. Don’t wear anything that is too short, too tight, too low, or too anything," advises Pachter.


  Also, if you normally wear a suit to work, don't show up to the office party in jeans and a T-shirt — or a Hello Kitty onesie.

  再者,如果你上班的时候穿的是西装,那就不要在公司派对的时候穿牛仔裤T恤——或Hello Kitty连体服。

  5. Don't look bored

  5. 不要表现得很无聊

  Watch your body language. Appearing bored or like you'd rather be anywhere else is just as bad as not showing up.


  "Don’t frown, slouch, cross arms, or yawn. You never know who might be observing you," she says.


  6. Don't be antisocial

  6. 不要表现得反社会

  Even if you despise your coworkers — hopefully you don't, but if you do, it might be time to assess your situation — or if you're new and don't know many people, don't sit in a corner alone or keep your eyes glued to your phone the whole night.


  "Schmooze," Pachter suggests. "Talk to people you know and don't know. The party is an opportunity to meet people. Don't spend your time tweeting or texting. Make sure you mingle."


  7. Don't forget to eat

  7. 别忘了吃东西

  Sometimes employees skip the food and head straight to the bar because they're excited to drink with their colleagues, or they assume the catered hors d'oeuvres aren't worth the calories.


  If you do decide to drink alcohol — even if you limit yourself to one glass or two glasses of wine — it's important that you eat something.


  8. Don't get drunk

  8. 别喝醉

  This is an important rule — yet so many people fail to follow it.


  "You don't have to drink, but if you do, stay sober," says Pachter. "It's easy to do something outrageous when you have had too much to drink."


  She suggests setting a limit for yourself before going to the party and sticking to it. "It is much easier to limit your intake that way," she says. "Or, order a drink you don't like and sip it slowly all night."


  9. Don't gossip or bad mouth your colleagues

  9. 不要说三道四或说同事的坏话

  When you speak to colleagues, keep the conversation upbeat and positive.


  Complaining about the company or your boss will bring the mood down, and gossiping about coworkers can get you into trouble.


  It's easy to do all of the above when you've been drinking — so be careful.


  10. Don't flirt

  10. 不要调戏别人

  This is not the time to hit on your boss, or his spouse.


  Sometimes liquid courage gets the best of us — so stay away from alcohol if you don't think you can control yourself while under the influence.


  11. Don't drone on about work

  11. 不要滔滔不绝地说工作的事情

  While maybe your holiday party takes place at the office this year, and at the very least it involves a bunch of people you work with, it's the last place you should be talking shop.


  Save your project updates for the Monday meeting.


  12. Don't post photos or comments that could get you in trouble

  12. 不要上传一些惹麻烦的图片或评论

  Avoid posting negative comments to social media about how "lame" the party was, or how much the food "sucked." Also, do not post photos of your colleagues taking shots or engaging in other inappropriate behavior.


  13. Don't go in without a plan

  13. 不打无准备的仗

  A good way to avoid defaulting to gossip or work talk is having a "talking plan." As Voltaire said, "One always speaks badly when one has nothing to say."


  If you're hoping to chat with a new coworker, think of a few icebreaker questions you can ask.


  Did you decide ahead of time not to drink? Know what you want to say when people ask you "Why not?" Or perhaps you're planning to chat with the CEO. Think of a few smart conversation starters.


  "Don't just talk business. Be up-to-date on current events and happenings in your community. Read the newspaper, your online news sites, news magazines, company publications, and your professional journals," Pachter says.“


  14. Don't make a fool of yourself

  14. 不要给自己挖坑

  Some people forget that the office holiday party is a work-related event and completely cut loose.


  It's OK to have fun and celebrate the season — but use your head and think about the consequences of your actions.


  Hot sauce shooting contests are inadvisable. And maybe save your saucy rendition of "Santa, Baby" for karaoke with friends — or just your significant other.

  辣椒酱射击比赛是很不可取的。另外也许把你那漂亮的“Santa, Baby”表演留着与你的朋友分享吧——或仅仅是与你的另一半分享。

  15. Don't forget to acknowledge those who planned the party

  15. 别忘了感谢主办方

  Make sure you say "goodbye" and "thank you" to the host or party organizers, says Pachter.


  If you're not sure who was involved, or you don't see them at the party, follow up with an email the next day.



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