Just say yes
RSVP to your company holiday party invitation within 48 hours—and make the answer yes. Even if it’s the same night as your neighbor’s big bash or you have no desire to see your coworkers after the workday, don’t even think about skipping this event. “Attendance is practically mandatory,” says Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert and founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide. “If you’re only going to one party this year, make sure it’s your office holiday party.” If you skip, your higher-ups will notice, and could start drawing conclusions that you’re not a team player.
Dress for the occasion
Not sure what to wear? If the invitation doesn’t specify business casual or holiday attire, use the location and invitation style as a guide for whether to dress up or down for the event. If that doesn’t help clear things up, ask a coworker or stalk your company’s Facebook page. “Most folks have a social media legacy. Go back and see albums from the past couple of years,” says Schweitzer. Pick an outfit that seems on level with what employees wore to past holiday parties. Check out these other style and beauty tips to get you through holiday party season.