WASHINGTON - It's the time of year for office holiday parties -- and the time of year when misbehaving at those parties can put your career on thin ice!
Attorney and author Nicole Cober joined FOX 5 with tips for safely navigating your holiday office party and said your best bet is to play it safe. "I will tell everybody be extremely conservative this year, right now more than ever, because all eyes are on you."
"A drunk man speaks a sober man's mind," Cober said her mother always told her. That's why she says one way to avoid misbehaving at the office celebration is to avoid alcohol all together. "The level of professionalism, when do you introduce alcohol, really goes down," she said. "So you have to be so careful with your alcohol consumption."
SETTING LIMITS / CROSSING LINES
Responsibility lies with both employees and supervisors, Cober said. "If you find yourself crossing lines, or having lines crossed for you, you have the right to say, 'This is not cool,'" she said. Cober added if an incident does occur you have a right to an apology and should document the behavior.
ACT LIKE YOU'RE ON THE JOB
Cober says to act like you are on the job at the office party and consider the location an extension of the office. "Maintain your decorum and if you know that you have a tendency to have one too many, have one less."
Have a friend with you that can act as an accountability partner and can help you know you limits.
WORST OFFICE PARTY BEHAVIOR:
-- Employees making out (or more!)
-- Employees vomiting or passing out in public
-- Heckling managers during speeches
-- Lewd or mean 'gifts' for coworkers
MORE ONLINE: http://niccober.com/