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Good manners: how to behave at a corporate party


So, the annual Christmas celebration is approaching, and somehow you have to organize it. Looking around, you may notice that the employees of your company do not really know each other very well. You may be tormented by doubts that such a Christmas party will turn into a disaster for the company, but if you use your planning skills, you can quickly create conditions for employees to communicate with each other.


According to the rules of business etiquette, any meetings must be arrived on time. Corporate - of course, the meeting is informal, but this does not cancel this rule. Better not to be late.

Moreover, at the beginning of the evening, the bosses, as a rule, make welcome speeches, thank employees for their work, and summarize the results of the year. Being late for this speech is impolite.

As for the question of when to leave the party, this is decided individually. However, it is believed that you should not leave before the management and do not stay until the last, until the waiters begin to clean the tables.

The outfit must correspond to the place and time of the party, as well as its theme. So, for an evening corporate party in a restaurant, a modest evening dress is suitable, and for men - trousers and a shirt (a tie is optional). Avoid too elaborate colors and frank neckline.

If the party takes place, for example, at a camp site, it is necessary to dress warmly and comfortably (jeans and a sweater will fit). And if the corporate party is a masquerade ball, you will have to prepare a costume that matches the theme of the evening.

Rule one

Many people don’t like to go to parties alone: ​​“I don’t know anyone there, and at least one familiar face”, “will dance with someone”, “if I don’t take her / him with me, she / he will kill me”.

It is not right. If the invitation does not explicitly say that at the party they will be glad to see you and your spouse, then it is impolite to go as a couple.

In addition, a companion or a companion nearby can interfere with establishing new connections in an unfamiliar team. You are already in the company - it will be awkward for those around you to come in and interfere in your dialogue. Perhaps you and the whole evening will spend together with the second half.


Handshake, hugs, kiss - different forms of greeting are accepted in different social groups.

In a business environment, this is usually a handshake. But! Corporate event is an informal event, in addition, friendships often develop between the partners. Therefore, do not be surprised at the closer greetings.

Once in a particular team, accept the rules of conduct that apply in it. You can’t push a person away if he wants to “kiss you”. And vice versa: you should not climb with “hugs” if people around prefer to shake hands.

Do you have a good memory for faces and names? You are lucky. It is a rarity.

Most would like people around to wear badges like sales consultants. Because there is nothing more stupid than a situation when you want to contact your interlocutor, but you forgot his name and say something with an apologetic smile: “Listen, friend ...”.

In order not to be in such a stupid situation at the corporate party, remember a few simple rules:

  • if the interlocutor is familiar to you (communicating by phone, e-mail, etc.), but you have not met before, start the conversation by introducing yourself - “Hello! I'm Sergei. We discussed our project on Skype. ”
  • if the interlocutor is familiar to you and you met earlier, at the beginning of the conversation you should recall your name and circumstances of the previous meeting - “Hello! I'm Sergei. We saw each other six months ago at the conference. ”
  • Introducing one colleague to another, state his name, surname, position, as well as some professional achievements - “Sergey, get acquainted - this is my colleague Andrei, he is a cool designer. You probably saw the project "X" - this is his work. "


A corporate party is a great opportunity to meet and make friends with a person who arouses your interest, whether it be a super authoritative businessman or a long-legged beauty from a neighboring department.

To come and introduce yourself is half the battle. It is important to engage in dialogue. For this:

  • find something in common between you (“You have a great taste - I also love this cocktail”),
  • give a compliment (unobtrusively, without flattery: “You look great”, “Your latest project is very interesting”).

When contact is established, try not to overdo it. Remember: a short pleasant conversation is not a reason to sit down at the table of a new acquaintance.

There are introverts, there are extroverts, there are ambivers - everyone has a different temperament. This should be remembered when entering into a dialogue. If your colleague is not very talkative, then you should not chat with him incessantly. And vice versa: don't be a passive listener with someone who loves to chat.

In addition, although the party is corporate, but it is, first of all, a party! Of course, talking about a year's work has been inevitable, but you should not talk too much about work. Otherwise, you will not recognize your colleagues any closer.

Office humor reads: "The sooner you disconnect at the corporate party, the less ashamed the next day."

In fact, if you go too far with alcohol, you will be ashamed in any case. To prevent this from happening, remember a few simple rules:

  • do not drink more than the norm (if you do not know your limit, give up alcohol at all),
  • do not drink drinks stronger than they are used to (even if everyone in the team drinks vodka, this does not mean that you should do the same)
  • drink soft drinks (if you do not drink alcohol and do not want to make excuses every time you are offered to drink, support toasts with soft drinks (mineral water instead of vodka, apple juice instead of cognac).

Exit the dialogue

The most difficult thing at a party is to politely interrupt the conversation. There are several strategies for this:

  1. Things. There are always objects with you that can become a “good reason” to end a conversation. For example, some kind of gadget - "The phone has sat down, I'll go find the outlet."
  2. Food and drink. At the buffet table you can take your leave under the “noble” pretext “I’m going to eat / drink something”, “I promised my colleagues to bring me a drink, they’ve probably already been waiting”, etc.
  3. Fresh air. You can also leave under the pretext of “I need to ventilate”, “It’s too stuffy here, I’ll go breathe”, etc.
  4. Phone. To imitate a call is the height of bad taste. It seems that you take the interlocutor for an idiot who does not distinguish a ringtone from an alarm clock. It’s better to just say, “Sorry, I need to call.”
  5. Friends. Seeing a friend at the opposite end of the hall, you can “legally” say goodbye to the person you are talking to: “There, my old friend, I’ll go to say hello.”

Whatever strategy you choose, remember - a pleasant aftertaste on both sides should remain from communication.

As you can see, good manners for corporate parties are not so complicated. Be polite and have fun corporate parties!