A Guide to Surviving the Office Holiday Party

December 7, 2016 staplesadvantagecanada

Holiday party season is upon us! While this can be a fun and enjoyable time to interact with your colleagues in a casual and festive atmosphere, it’s also important to keep a sense of professionalism in your celebrations. After all, everyone wants to make it through the holidays safe and sound.

Our guide to surviving the holiday office party contains some simple do’s and don’ts of enjoying the celebrations. Whether you’re at an in-office gathering or an off-site company party, these are a few things to keep in mind.


  • Attend the party and have a little fun – this can be a great team building opportunity.
  • If you’re hosting the gathering, ensure you arrange for plenty of food for everyone (especially when serving alcohol).
  • Make sure the menu outlines any items that contain common allergens, like nuts, and where possible provide vegetarian or free-from menu alternatives (like gluten-free, dairy-free, etc).
  • Choose healthy snack options. Nutrition plays a big part in keeping you healthy and will help get you through the holidays feeling more energized.
  • Keep well hydrated throughout the day and get plenty of sleep at night – both efforts will help to keep you alert and prepared through the holidays.
  • Keep a first-aid kit close by, especially at events where activities will take place.
  • Remind guests to take a safe mode of transportation home. Encourage guests to have a designated driver, provide signage with taxi phone numbers and display directions for alternative modes of transportation like public transit.


  • Don’t drink and drive.
  • Don’t RSVP that you’ll attend and then not show up. If you can’t make it, let the host know as soon as possible so they can arrange to let the caterer know.
  • Don’t pack your holiday schedule so full that you exhaust yourself. Consider all your commitments and turn down invites if you need to take a break.
  • Don’t use this as an opportunity to talk about personal issues or gossip about your colleagues. And don’t talk about work too much. Find the right balance so that everyone can enjoy the conversation.

These are just a few tips on how to make the most of holiday celebrations at work. Do you have any other pieces of advice? Share below in the comments section.


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