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It’s Holiday Office Party Season: Be the Toast of the Town, Not the Day-after Talk

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Recent media stories have reported that along with hiring, companies are once again spending on holiday celebrations.  Here are some tips to shine at year-end events.

Yes, You Should Show Up

The email’s gone out announcing the time and place. Hmmm, you may be wondering, to attend or not?  Absolutely!  Not only is this an important “face time” moment, it’s also a chance to reinforce relationships with colleagues, meet people outside of your department, and show your support for the company team. Only really solid excuses and unchangeable, previous commitments trump an appearance at the year-end bash. Now, it’s time to…

Choose Your Outfit Wisely

While an extracurricular activity, this is still a professional event.  Sure, tasteful, festive dress is appropriate, but be sure to leave the club attire hanging in your bedroom closet.  If you’re unsure of the dress code, check with your manager or the HR department for advice. So, now that you’ve spiffed up, get ready to…

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While hanging with your department buddies may feel most comfortable, the holiday party is a great place to catch up with the folks you interact with infrequently. Bump into someone you don’t recognize in the buffet line? Put on your warmest smile, introduce yourself, and make the effort to learn a bit about them, too. And, if you find yourself thrown together with the Big Boss, break out your most firm handshake and confident eye contact, but….

Keep It Light

This isn’t the time or place to bring up your desire for a promotion or raise, or ideas about what can be improved in the workplace. And for that matter, when you’re chatting anyone up at this event, remember to steer clear of notoriously off-limits divisive topics – like politics, religion and sports team rivalries (which for some qualify as the former).  Keep in mind that navigating social politesse is easier when you…

Know Your Limits

If you plan to partake in alcoholic beverages, spreading 2 drinks over a 2 hour period is a good idea. Whatever outfit you choose for the evening, ending up “The One” wearing a lampshade as a hat or twerking like Miley on the tabletop is not the way you want to be noticed.  Keep it classy and remember…

Social Media Is Not Your Friend

Unfortunately, cameras are all around us these days. The last thing you want is a momento of your evening making the rounds on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Vine!  That applies to images and tweets you post of others.  The Internet is forever. And a hasty tweet or unfortunate photo might rear its ugly head when you least want it to – like at performance review time or a future job interview.  So, this is why it’s best to…

Know When to Go Home

Leave on a high note. Just as the first impression you make, the lasting impression is equally important.  And consider thanking the people who made the evening possible – the event team and the company leaders.  Even more reason to make sure you’re at your best when it’s time to say good night!

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Climbing the Corporate Ladder

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In our Question of the Week, this week, we asked, “Should you work less or more as you climb higher on the corporate ladder?”

The overwhelming majority, at just over 75% said that you should work MORE as you climb the corporate ladder, rather than working LESS.

The way you work will change as you progress in your career. You’ll begin to work smarter. But as you become more and more successful – the conversations become more and more strategic. Just because your role focuses less on the day to day duties does not mean that you are working any less.

Every brand needs visionaries.

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Corporate Social Responsibility

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Would a company’s Corporate Social Responsibility impact your decision to accept a role?

Around 600 of you weighed in on this Question of the Week [QOW] that we asked and over 70% of you said that IT WOULD! A company should have their CSR in check – offering some social good back to the area where it does business. Happy so many of you would be swayed by this in the decision process!

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Teamwork!

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Teamwork prevails! In our Question of the Week [QOW] we asked, “Who impacts your job satisfaction more, your direct manager or your teammates?

The majority of you at nearly 60% said your teammates impacted your job satisfaction more than your manager or supervisor!

Your teammates are the ones who are in the trenches with you on the day-to-day. Let’s face it, most of us spend more time with our co-workers than any of the other people in our lives…let’s hope they add to our job satisfaction!

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