I was going to title this post, “Holiday Classics,” but that would be arrogant of me. One of the fun things about the holidays are the classic movies and TV shows. Some of my favorites are “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” (TV show and movie), “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (natch), “Frosty the Snowman,” and I had forgotten about “A Rugrats Chanukah,” but that is wonderful, too. I loved watching Rugrats with my kids when they were young… In movies, of course there’s 24 hours of “Ralphie!” (“A Christmas Story”) on TBS every year, Will Ferrell’s “Elf,” the Patrick Stewart “A Christmas Carol,” and of course, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” It is. Well, it can be.
So in the spirit of holiday reruns, here’s one for you…
Christmas Holiday Office Party Rules
(First aired December 7, 2012)
There is no shortage of annual articles on how to not get fired by channeling Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan at your office Christmas, oops, “Holiday” party. Yeah, through the Twitterstream, I received links from ManpowerGroup, Resume Bear, Fast Company, and Blogging4Jobs. They are all worthy reads, but it really can be um, distilled down to one simple rule:
1. Don’t get drunk.
If you simply follow rule number 1, you can avoid offending, harassing, stripping, grinding Mike (why do they call him “Magic?”) from Marketing on the dance floor, or crashing down off a bar stool like a wobbly ten-pin finally toppling over… in front of the entire HR team. Really. It’s that easy. Just lay off the egg-nog.
So, rule number 1 keeps you employed. Rule number 2 keeps you and your office pals from a week of feeling like you broke rule number 1 with a whole bottle of cheap tequila:
2. Don’t double dip.
That’s really all that needs to be said for most of my boomer and GenX peers to not share germy saliva, but many of the new Millennials in the office sadly missed the Seinfeld phenomena. They stare blankly at Seinfeld references like shrinkage, the Manzier, or even Festivus, for the rest of us.
For them, here’s rule number 2: