Unless you are a party animal, you are probably not looking forward to attending your company Christmas party at the end of the year. Socializing with co-workers is very different from going out with friends, and it is understandable that you wouldn’t want to go. But, there are many reasons why you should reconsider. There are many benefits to attending the office party.
Apart from getting to know your colleagues a lot more – and getting drunk together, attending work parties is beneficial to your career for the following reasons:
- It shows that you care about the company.
- It shows that you are a team player.
- It shows that you enjoy the company of your co-workers and boss.
In any case, work parties can be a good opportunity to impress your boss outside the office, but that would mean you would have to stay off the alcohol which is a bit unfortunate really.
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Want to stay up to date with everything that is going on at work? Here are the work parties that you should never miss:
1. Christmas Party
Even if you don’t feel like attending this year’s Christmas party, you just have to do it. That is, of course, if you want to keep your job. The Christmas party is probably going to be a big event as more people from the company are likely to attend. Since you may not have the chance to do much of socializing at work, this could be the perfect opportunity to do so and learn a thing or two about your co-workers.
This should also boost your networking efforts, and who knows, by the end of the night you may be enjoying yourself so much that you do some really bad karaoke covers of Christmas songs.
2. Social Events
Are your colleagues planning a night out for no specific reason? Quick, get your name down on the list. You never know what you are missing out on when you are not participating in a social gathering. On the bright side, you won’t be talked about negatively and casually catching up with your colleagues over drinks can be pretty fun if you give it a shot.
3. Birthday Parties
So you get a party invitation from Pete, who is sitting in the back corner of the office. Apparently it is that time of year again, and he is choosing to celebrate his birthday with you and other co-workers. That’s sweet – but only if the work gang accepts the invitation. The fact that you were even invited shows how much Pete values you so I guess you just have to make the effort to go the party, even if this means you have to spend more time with your colleagues than you would like. The important thing is that you show up.
4. The Special Invite(s)
Wherever your boss tells you to go, you go. That’s it; there is no discussion. When he says drink, you drink. Especially if it is his birthday party or a similar event you have been invited to. The sense of obligation you get once you are invited by your boss on a night out gets bigger as it is an event you can’t really avoid attending. In a way, this is actually a good thing, and attending a party your boss organises might be better than you think. What if he has some interesting, good news to announce? Ever thought of that? Just don’t skip it.
I don’t think you need more reasons for attending this year’s X-Mas party, right? Anyhow, after hearing all of this I am sure you wouldn’t want to miss out.
What are your thoughts on this? Should you or shouldn’t you attend company parties? Let me know in the comments section below…