The work party.

11 Apr

Have fun–not too much fun; be professional–not too professional. The work party is a situation in which your personal life and career life must collide. When done right, business and pleasure can loosely go hand-in-hand and actually improve an office’s environment.

Today, my department head as well as three coworkers and I went to dinner after work. (Keep in mind that when I say “work” I mean “internship.”) At first, everyone had perfect posture and commendable etiquette.  Two hours later however, the restaurant dimmed their lights and my colleagues and I let loose. Elbows resting on the table. Double dipping in the crepes. Laughter roaring.

One crepe, four forks.

I wouldn’t compare it to black and white, but the beginning to the end of the night did look quite different. If I could have chosen the dinner to remain one way throughout, I would have chosen the end. In no particular order, here’s what I think you should know to make your “work party” a success:

  • If everyone else orders a drink–order a drink.
  • Do not be the one to tell the waiter whether or not you need more time ordering.
  • Try to “hold it” if you can. Excusing yourself for a moment isn’t awkward, but rejoining mid-conversation is.
  • Avoid the 5 Bs: boys, booze, Bush (as in the former president–or any president), brands and the Bible.
  • Don’t be embarrassed to ask for a to-go box if you have leftovers.

These are just my observations of what caused awkward silences this evening… If you have such an event coming up, check out this more lengthy (and by lengthy I mean satiric) article from the PDXSX Blog to ensure that your work party has the perfect balance of fun and professionalism.


5 Responses to “The work party.”

  1. jake neilson April 13, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    These are very important rules to follow when it comes to office debauchery – nice stuff, a truly unique and quite helpful bit of info. – Jake

  2. alix cantonwine April 17, 2011 at 7:03 am #

    those rules to follow sound an awful lot like recruitment. ahhh the lessons learned from greek life. great start to your blog, girl!

    • cristinadunning April 18, 2011 at 9:44 pm #

      Alix, yes! Although the 5 Bs are very much from formal sorority recruitment, it also applies to “the real world.” AOT

  3. jennacerruti April 18, 2011 at 12:30 am #

    I love the 5 B’s to avoid. This is so true in a professional setting. It’s hard to talk about that stuff with new friends or peers, let alone employers and co-workers. I think that dinners (or any outside office gathering) test the line between work and personal life. This post gave me more insight. Thanks!


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