Benefits of Networking at Holiday Office Events
If you are unsure about whether you should attend your holiday office party, you should consider the benefits of networking at such events. Treat the party as a social event that will give you the chance to meet people you don’t know or to get to know co-workers on a more personal level. To handle this business social situation with grace, you should recognize the benefits you can gain from attending such an event.
First, you will have the chance to get to know people in the company you may have never met before. Maybe these are people you talk with over the phone or email on a regular basis, so this party will give you the opportunity to put a name with a face. You will also be able to meet people from other departments and find out exactly what they do. This information could be helpful on future projects when you may need their services or cooperation to help you meet your deadline.
Next, holiday parties also give you the chance to get to know your bosses in a more informal, social setting. These office events give you a golden opportunity to meet and socialize with the owners, CEO’s, and other power players in the company. Making a good impression with them can be very beneficial to your career, especially when you are up for a promotion or when they are considering candidates to head up new divisions or fill other newly created positions.
Another benefit of networking is that it allows you to bond with those who may one day be writing letters of recommendation for you. If you become friends with your superiors, they will want to give you a good reference in the event that you one day leave the company. Similarly, if these people choose to move on and work somewhere else, they will be good people to stay in contact with in the event that you decide to look for other employment.
Do’s & Don’ts
Now that you know the benefits of networking at holiday office events, here are a few do's and don'ts to help you.
- Do approach people you don’t know and introduce yourself. Find out what they do and offer to help them out when applicable.
- Don’t be intimidated by the big bosses. After all, they are just people too.
- Do be professional and respectful of others.
- Don’t gossip about your co-workers or complain about your job. You should also avoid bragging about your accomplishments.
- Do listen more than you talk, so that people will enjoy communicating with you.
- Don’t talk business the whole time. Instead discuss family and outside interests, so you really have a chance to get know people.
- Do show your appreciation for your co-workers and for the organizers of the party.
- Don’t just talk to the same person all evening. Mix it up and talk to as many people as possible.
- Do drink in moderation. You don’t want to give the impression you have no self control.