Why you shouldn’t skip the office holiday party

Office holiday party season is upon us.

By now, we should all know that excessive drinking, flirting and karaoke are office party no-nos. But there are things you should be doing that might actually advance your career. Holiday gatherings are the ideal opportunity to get some face time with your bosses.”These parties are permission to network and talk to people you don’t know,” said Gayle Hallgren-Rezac, co-author of “Work the Pond! Use the Power of Positive Networking to Leap Forward in Work and Life.”

Life gets busy this time of the year. And some people don’t want to socialize with coworkers outside of working hours. But the office party should make it on the calendar.
“A lot of corporate and promotional decisions, like when layoffs are happening, is as much about cultural fit as it is skills,” said Matt Youngquist, founder of career coaching firm Career Horizons.
Going to corporate social events demonstrates you are a team player and also helps build relationships and name recognition that can play a role in career decisions down the line.
“You build trust with these people, they can give you access to information you couldn’t get any other way, people who could become your champion,” said Hallgren-Rezac.