You really should. Holiday excuse or not, getting together after hours with your co-workers and boss can really help propel your career upward.
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Here are takeaways from the chat:
- An office party is a great opportunity to get to know coworkers in a more relaxed setting. The personal connection helps your professional relationships.
- Holiday parties can be a great opportunity to celebrate company milestones, boost morale and do a little team-building before the new year starts.
- Even if you know everyone, use this time to brush up on your networking and small talk skills.
- Have 2 or 3 key influencers you want to connect with, but keep it casual: Get on their radar, don’t jam it.
- Ask colleagues with kids what the “hot gift” is this year. You learn more about them, plus start a conversation that isn’t about you.
- Having an office wingman helps ease the tension. Just make sure your conversations are workplace appropriate.
- Don’t hang out in the corner with the people you already know. Be confident, smile when introducing yourself, and show you are happy to be there!
- Have a vision & expectation of the experience you want to have before you go. Then create it!
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