Topic: Holiday Hazing

10 Ridiculous Holiday Office Party Horror Stories

10 Ridiculous Holiday Office Party Horror Stories

You’re a savvy professional who knows how to conduct herself at an office holiday party by now. (If not, check out the Grindstone’s advice before it’s too late!) But not everyone is so wise, and thank goodness for that. After all, if everyone at your office maintained their dignity during holiday parties, we never would have heard from you about their hilarious, drunken antics. Enjoy these stories of fondling, flirting, and good old-fashioned falling down. More »

10 Fashion Looks You Should Never Sport At The Office Holiday Party

10 Fashion Looks You Should Never Sport At The Office Holiday Party

According to a new survey from CareerBuilder.com, there will be more holiday office parties this year. Roughly 58% of employers are planning holiday parties, up from 52% in 2010. So you know what this means? Countless ways for women to make major holiday fashion faux pas. When did it become acceptable to wear a santa hat, thigh-highs and sparkly make-up? That counts as Christmas spirit? Women, more than men, tend to get in trouble in social situations because they have so many more options, says branding specialist Amanda Sanders of NewYorkImageConsultant. And in the quest to look good, women often choose revealing rather than understated outfits. Sanders, who has dressed Gwyneth Paltrow, says the main mistake women make at company holiday parties is dressing too sexy. “People really lose sight of the fact … that this is still a business event,” she says. We came up with a list of the biggest fashion mistakes you can make at the office holiday party. Take a look. More »

Holiday Business Etiquette That Will Blow The Competition Away

Holiday Business Etiquette That Will Blow The Competition Away

The holiday season is the time of the year when business etiquette skills can help individuals and organizations outclass their competition, says Lydia Ramsey, international business etiquette expert and author of newly published e-book, Being the Polished Professional throughout the Holidays: The Complete Guide to Etiquette and Protocol for the Holiday Season . Some of us get so caught up in the stress and preparation of the holiday rush that we forget this is a great time to advance our careers. From writing a quick personal holiday greeting to picking up the check at dinner, December is a season for career progress! Holidays schmolidays! This is about giving you a competitive edge. More »

10 Ways To Throw An Awesome Office Holiday Party On A Budget

10 Ways To Throw An Awesome Office Holiday Party On A Budget

Though many companies are in better shape than they were a few years ago, some employers are still making cutbacks when it comes to holiday budgets which includes parties. Just 35% of small-business owners are expecting to host a holiday party—the lowest in the 10-year history of the American Express OPEN survey of small businesses. ”Even if they’re not struggling, they’ve recently been through an incredibly tough time,” says Alice Bredin, small-business adviser to American Express OPEN. “If they’ve had awful cash-flow woes or have had to lay people off—pick your painful moment—that doesn’t go away quickly. It leaves an impact on the decisions you make.” More »

The 6 Reasons Google And YouTube Want You To Sign An NDA Before Partying

The 6 Reasons Google And YouTube Want You To Sign An NDA Before Partying

What are the essential ingredients of a great company party? Champagne, Christmas lights, mini-sliders, and apparently a festive, legally binding non-disclosure agreement to be signed by every attendee before she gets her mitts on even one glass of that sweet, sweet bubbly. All Things D’s Peter Kafka tweeted* last night that he was forced to sign an NDA before entering the Google/YouTube holiday party in New York. (But he’s since erased his tweet!) More »

How To Avoid Catching Adult Senioritis During The Most Distracting Month Of The Year

How To Avoid Catching Adult Senioritis During The Most Distracting Month Of The Year

Remember senioritis? The mysterious affliction descends every spring on each year’s new crop of high school and college seniors, causing them to slack off on their homework and studying in favor of hanging out with friends and daydreaming about the summer. Well, there’s a version of it for grown-ups, too. Adult senioritis is a particular risk between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when it can seem impossible to stay focused on work in a season of parties, presents, and travels. I talked with no-nonsense productivity expert Peggy Duncan about how both employees and managers can stay focuses, even in the face of egg nog and mistletoe. She doesn’t go easy on holiday slackers! More »

Grindstone Readers Say Bah Humbug To Holiday Parties Along With The Rest Of America

Grindstone Readers Say Bah Humbug To Holiday Parties Along With The Rest Of America

According to a new survey from CareerBuilder.com, there will be more holiday office parties this year. Roughly 58% of employers are planning holiday parties, up from 52% in 2010. But apparently everyone would rather be getting their holiday joy in the form of a year-end bonus. Nearly three quarters of 2,574 workers questioned in a Harris poll said they would opt for a cash bonus, followed by 62% who would prefer a salary increase and 32% who wanted more paid time off. Only 4% put a Christmas party on the top of their holiday list. More »

CBS News Asks The Grindstone What Not To Do At An Office Holiday Party

CBS News Asks The Grindstone What Not To Do At An Office Holiday Party

Last night CBS News did a segment on the do’s and dont’s for employees at office holiday parties and to get that expert knowledge they of course came to The Grindstone! Our Editorial Director, Meghan Keane, weighed in your best strategy for the party, which people often seem to forget is still a business event. One of the big rules: Don’t get drunk. Another biggie: Don’t hook up with a co-worker. “When you’re at your office holiday party and your flirting with a co-worker it may seem harmless to you but later on it could be something that becomes sexual harassment suit,” said Keane in the interview with reporter Cindy Hsu. Also, don’t put pictures up from the party on your Facebook wall. Even if your company doesn’t have an official policy on it, it can just lead to trouble. More »

Your Holiday Office Party Wardrobe Guide From The Of A Kind Founders

Your Holiday Office Party Wardrobe Guide From The Of A Kind Founders

According to a new survey from CareerBuilder.com, there will be more holiday office parties this year. Roughly 58% of employers are planning holiday parties, up from 52% in 2010. So you know what this means? Delicious cheese plates and holiday outfit meltdowns. Women, more than men, tend to get in trouble in social situations because they have so many more options, says branding specialist Amanda Sanders of NewYorkImageConsultant. And in the quest to look good, women often choose revealing rather than understated outfits. Sanders, who has dressed Gwyneth Paltrow, says the main mistake women make at company holiday parties is dressing too sexy. “People really lose sight of the fact … that this is still a business event,” she says. But never fear, the founders of Of A kind, Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur, are here to get us through this work attire crisis and provide us with a great as well as work-appropriate outfit. More »

How Office Snacking Can Cost Companies Millions

How Office Snacking Can Cost Companies Millions

Stocking the office kitchen full of tasty holiday snacks isn’t just a nice gesture: It could cost your company millions in productivity. A new report from the British think tank 2020Health finds that 3% of the workforce is home sick at any given time. That adds up to 175 million sick days a year. And worker’s diets are being fingered as a factor in what the Brits call “sick note culture.” More »

8 Tips To Help You Negotiate For A Better End-Of-The-Year Bonus

8 Tips To Help You Negotiate For A Better End-Of-The-Year Bonus

U.S. companies are expected to offer more perks to their employees this holiday season – including bonuses – in another sign the economy is slowly improving, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.com. About 40% of employers plan to give holiday bonuses this year, up from 33% last year, with the majority planning to give the same amount as last year. This means it is time for you to brush up on your negotiation skills. As you may have heard, women are often criticized for their abilities in this area. More »

Co-Worker Conundrum: Working With Your Holiday Party Hook-Up

Co-Worker Conundrum: Working With Your Holiday Party Hook-Up

This is a safe place. We aren’t going to judge you for hooking up with Paul from the IT department. His thick glasses are kinda cute… in a geek chic way. Maybe. I mean, you know that you probably should have eaten lunch so that those glasses of wine didn’t go straight to your head. You don’t need us to tell you that. Does everyone know that you left with Paul? Well yea. You kind of announced it to the room. But seriously, no judgement.

Now that the office party is over, we’re going to move past this little incident. It’s time to strut during that walk of shame and hold your head high (high enough to avert all eye contact). Now, we need to get back to work. More »