You may ask yourself: Why a story about the company holiday party.
Excellent question! It is hard to compare the annual workplace December celebration with, say, the Olympics, unless the Olympics have a competition for eating too much cheese and sugar cookies while listening to Mariah Carey.
But a company holiday party is indeed a sport. Think about it! You worry if you’re prepared. You worry about the venue. You panic about your outfit, like a nervous Tom Hanks descending the staircase in an all-white tuxedo in the movie “Big.” You wonder if someone—the boss?—is keeping score. You stay on your feet. You dance. You sweat. You drink plenty of fluids…or at least vodka. The next morning, you’ll probably be hurting.
There are two types of company holiday parties.
There are company holiday parties in which employees bring their spouses or significant others and perhaps their adorable little kids.
Then there are the company holiday parties in which employees typically go alone.
Friends and family parties end promptly at 9 p.m. and everyone gets home safely. Employees-only company parties usually last 36 hours and result in at least six people being reported as missing.
It’s OK to be the first person at the company holiday party. Just don’t be the last person at the company holiday party.
*Some rules….. tomorrow