2014 New Art Journal
It is that time of the year. The one lots of us dread: the company holiday party season. Lots of mingling, chatting, and if you are lucky(or not) drinking.
I don't know about you, but I am one of those people who is not a big fan of "expected to attend" work functions. I already spend endless hours of my day mingling, chatting and hopefully not drinking with co-workers, so I am not really into spending my free personal time talking about work.
So what's one to do? I still have to be professional and make sure I am not seeing as anti-social, because even though I am not, I live in a society where certain expectations exist and I am no fool.
So these are a few tactics I put together for myself in order to make this event a bit more tolerable:
- Leave when you feel like it: Now, social grace dictates I have to show up, but it does not dictate I have to be there from beginning to end. I will be there and when I can no longer, I will discretely dash for the door. Don't make excuses why you have to leave, just do it.
- Small Talk with Grace: for you who have been reading this blog for a while, you know how much I despise small talk and company holiday party's are all about the art of small talking. Find someone you like and get along with and stick around. Staying close to someone you have an affinity with will make the time pass faster. To all others: smile, nod in acknowledgment when they speak, but be careful not to give too much attention or you might find a chatter box who thinks you are a great listener and will talk you to death.
- Have a friend call you if necessary: if it all fails and things just get too overwhelming, have a friend call you and just say something's come up and you have to leave.
This is it. I honestly have only these tactics to survive my own holiday party. It was born out of despair, because all the excuses I came up with (feeling sick from the flu to the bubonic plague, killing some distant relative, or exhaustion) just were not good enough.