Announcements of office parties are met with either go-for-it’s or groans.
The go-for-it’s are the ones who enjoyed last year’s party or just look forward to any social experience.
The groans are the persons who remember last year’s with disdain or generally avoid socializing with their work mates.
Whichever you are, here are your 3 Keys to Work Positive at Your Office Party:
Groaners often sense a need to be more extroverted, or jovial, or ________ than usual. They feel a game of square pegs and round holes coming.
Relax and be yourself. If you prefer to talk with just a few people in a deep conversation, do that. If you’re a social butterfly, then have at it.
Avoid the extra stress of acting outside of your “normal.” This stress often drives excess alcohol consumption which leads to all kinds of behavior once your inhibitions are released.
Relax. Enjoy being you.
Remind Yourself about What You Can Control
If you’re simply being you, then you have a pretty good sense about what you can and cannot control. Work within what you can control, not without it.
Avoid attempts at “perfect,” i.e., telling the perfect joke or, laughing unduly long at someone else’s. There are some things you can control about the office party, but there are more that you can’t. Do the best you can at controlling those things you can.
For example, if the party has no ending time established, and your daughter’s dance recital or son’s band concert is the same evening, be present until the appropriate time for the commute to your child’s event. Provide a courteous “thank you” to your leader— teammates if you’re the leader—and planners and excuse yourself with the explanation.
You are the only mom or dad your child has. Control what you can.
Resolve to Enjoy
As with all things Work Positive, focusing on the positive and filtering out the negative sets your mental attitude for an enjoyable evening. Of course you may choose to spend the rest of the year socializing with a different group of people. Of course some of the people present get on your last nerve on a regular basis.
Yet, you can resolve to enjoy yourself before you arrive. Think about previous pleasant office party experiences. See those happening again. Focus on someone you know will be present and what personality qualities you enjoy of theirs.
You really do see what you’re looking for.
Regardless of whether your attitude is “Let’s go for it!” or “Groan,” employ these 3 tips to Work Positive at your office party and enjoy the experience!
Dr. Joey Faucette is the #1 Amazon best-selling author of Work Positive in a Negative World (Entrepreneur Press), coach, and speaker who helps business professionals increase sales with greater productivity so they can leave the office earlier to do what they love with those they love. To book Dr. Joey for your 2014 keynote, workshop, or seminar, contact Sue Falcone, here at www.simplysuespeaks.com , firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 888-766-3155.