The Good, Bad and Ugly of Office Holiday Parties

By Dennis McCafferty
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    27% of workers would prefer to spend the company's holiday celebration at an off-site party.

With December upon us, do you look forward to winter holiday celebrations at work—or do you dread them? If you're like many employees, you may feel a little bit of both. A number of companies sponsor gatherings that create scheduling conflicts for staffers. Or they host events that are on the dull side. And, of course, there's often the stress of dealing with co-workers who overindulge with alcohol during an office party—something that's never pleasant to watch. To provide some insight about the good, the bad and the ugly aspects of work-related holiday festivities, we're offering this recent OfficeTeam survey, which reveals how professionals prefer to celebrate, and what they could do without. As a bonus, we're providing guidelines on behavior to avoid during an office holiday party. After all, you don't want your professional image to take a hit because you acted inappropriately amid all the seasonal revelry. The following tips were compiled from various online resources, including TheGrindstone.com, a workplace advice site. More than 400 U.S. workers took part in the OfficeTeam research.

This article was originally published on 2014-12-09
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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