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Holiday Parties and Premises Liability Concerns

Proper etiquette for holiday work parties

‘Tis the season for holiday parties in the workplace. While the mood is festive and relaxed, it’s still a work function, and there are things you should remember as you navigate the holiday gathering.

Career coaches Charles and Sherri Mitchell, the co-founders of All About People, a Phoenix-based professional recruitment and hiring firm, say that according to surveys, about 15 percent of companies who have holiday parties say inappropriate employee behavior has impacted an individual’s career growth at a company.

Avoid behaviors like the ones below, and you’ll be at the top of next year’s guest list.

1. Excessive Eating. People who attend events understand that food and drinks will be part of the experience. Enjoy the hors d’oeuvres and buffet, but don’t eat like it’s your only meal for the week. Properly discard napkins, toothpicks, etc. vs. leaving on the table. You don’t want to be labeled as the “messy” party attendee.

2. Excessive Drinking. This is probably the most common mistake some employees and leaders make at company holiday celebrations. Don’t forget where you are — at work! — with coworkers and managers. Treat the party as an extension of your work day. Keep in mind that everything has the potential to turn into judgment about your professionalism. Limit drinks with alcohol to a maximum of two. Regardless of an open bar, nobody should over-consume!

3. Inappropriate Attire. You’re not going to a club, you’re going to a work party. Leave the form fitting, low cut, sequined dress in your closet and lighten up on the new perfume. For men, dress conservatively as well. Same goes for your new cologne … easy does it! This may be a holiday party, but you’re rubbing elbows with your coworkers, not your friends and family. Think about the image you’d like your coworkers to have of you in the coming months. You do need to see these people — and work with them — again on Monday morning.

4. Mingle. Be sure to acknowledge all your coworkers. This is a great opportunity to spend time with associates you don’t know, as well as leaders in the organization. Talk to your coworkers and bosses about work only in a positive fashion. No one wants to listen to someone complaining all evening. Engage your coworkers and management about topics outside of work like hobbies, family, etc. Don’t forget to listen. That’s as important as small talk!

5. Attendance. This is a work function. Some think if they show up discreetly late, circle the room once, speak to a few colleagues, the boss and a direct counterpart that you will be safe to leave 20 minutes later. Understand this: showing up fashionably late is not okay. Arrive within the first 30 minutes if possible. Everyone remembers who stayed for just a few minutes. Senior managers should make a point of staying as long as possible. That means if you’re not there when the event starts, you should certainly stay until the end.

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Nicole Kadyszewski joins Small Giants

Nicole Kadyszewski has joined the Small Giants team as director of operations and recruiting, focusing on organizational management, process improvement and talent placement for marketing and business development professionals. With eight years of field experience in general contracting and real estate development, Kadyszewski is applying her project manager skills to orchestrate the team’s growing workload and operations.

Her technical understanding of the industry ensures all projects are completed with the highest level of value to the client.  Additionally, Kadyszewski leads Small Giants recruiting, placing marketing and business development candidates throughout the commercial real estate, and A/E/C industry.

Kadyszewski graduated from the University of Nebraska with a degree in Construction Management. She is a LEED Green Associate and recently completed the Arizona Builders’ Alliance Leadership Development Forum, which strives to educate construction professions and cultivate leadership skills. She is also supporter of Advancing Women in Construction and Habitat for Humanity.