October 18, 2017

To go or not to go to the company holiday party?

An article by Vinita Kinra (@VinitaKinra)

Year-End-Party

It’s that time of the year again! Most employees are ecstatic about dressing up, dancing, eating good food, and simply soaking up the festive ambience their workplace has organized to pamper them at this annual free fête. Social committees at corporate houses and businesses spend a fair bit of time researching fun, fancy and financially viable holiday party destinations to reward their workers for a job well-done over the course of the year.

However, even though a large majority of people look forward to enjoy the soirée, some like to wriggle out of meeting bosses, co-workers or strangers in an informal setting. Here are some of the pros of overcoming the shyness to indulge in workplace festivities:

  • Great networking opportunities await those who don their best dress and put their best foot forward to make useful connections at work. Remember, a personal bond is forged when you meet people outside of the stressful work environment.
  • Show your boss how interactive and open to meeting new people you are by actively engaging in light conversations. This is also a great time to showcase your knowledge about the world. A good impression may put you in line for a promotion!
  • Reiterate you are a team person by showing up instead of staying home. The most common excuse to slither out of office holiday parties is telling people you are invited to another party. In essence, this is the worst excuse for it signals to your peers at work that you value another party more than your own!
  • Come on now, get into the holiday cheer! Ask yourself why you want to be home when everybody else is having a swell time. After all, your peers will discuss what they did and how much fun they had at the holiday party, and you will have to smile smugly or look the other way during such conversations. Just go out there and have some fun if you don’t have a pressing engagement that particular day!

Vinita Kinra is a Toronto-based author, editor, speaker and activist, best known for her short story collection, Pavitra in Paris, launched to critical acclaim in 2013. She is also a contributor for India’s largest English daily, The Times of India.

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