Despite having been an entrepreneur for many years, this is the first time I am really running this business like a large company. What do large companies do over the holiday season? They send packages and / or small gifts / magnets etc to clients, business partners, and more. I am working on sending some lovely platters of food from Not Just Bagels (another small business located here on Staten Island) to my colleagues at Wagner College Office for Lifelong Learning. I am even getting a small platter to bring to my children’s music lessons teachers and of course sending stuff to my children’s school, too to thank the teachers and staff for a great year.
Other people are getting my magnets (if you want one, register your address with my Website and I will send you some magnets with the year 2016 mapped out for you, too) with a note of good cheer.
I remember at any corporation I worked for, we would get the corporate holiday card and sometimes the corporate holiday sponsored party. My first holiday party was such a fun time; I won the DVD player with the raffles we did and everyone was upset because I was the newest employee and had won the best gift of the night … I remember offering to put it back up for raffle and I think that was how I walked out of there with the prize and some newfound colleagues who grudgingly said, “Ah, you work the hardest so you deserve it.” It was an off the record compliment that meant a lot to me and I am remembering it 15+ years later…
Please keep in mind this holiday season the key to surviving your office holiday party is to not get drunk. End of story. Do not drink too much, at the minimum. Some other quick professional tips for enjoying your holiday work parties, whether it is your first party or your 20th are:
Have fun and be merry / holiday / festive but remember that for many an office party is just something that adds stress and anxiety as you need to (or should) behave a certain way. A lot of companies discontinued these types of events but if you are still scheduled to be at one, try to be professional, network and have fun. Happy Holidays and Happy Hunting!
Lisa Vento Nielsen