Magazine article USA TODAY

How to Keep Your Job While Still Having Fun

Magazine article USA TODAY

How to Keep Your Job While Still Having Fun

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Once again, it is the time of year for holiday office parties with eggnog flowing and lights a'glowing. We eat and drink too much, and aim to be merry. We let our hair down or loosen our tie, ready to indulge in celebrations. Whether you work for a big company or a smaller, family-size operation, you are bound to get invited to some kind of bash. Yet, how much of our "party-selves" should we really expose to our boss and coworkers? How do we maintain our professional image while simultaneously demonstrating our ability to enjoy life and have a good time? What is proper office party etiquette?

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"Office parties help keep up morale and encourage unity within a company," relates Debra Mandel, author of Your Boss Is Not Your Mother: Eight Steps to Eliminating Office Drama and Creating Positive Relationships at Work. "If at all possible, employees, supervisors, and bosses should show up at these bashes and have a good time but, despite the temptation to let it all hang out, it's very important that you still maintain control of your behavior and not let too much of your personal self ooze out, especially if you've been drinking alcohol. …

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