Career counselors never counseled me on office parties. Office parties are a distant memory for me now. They were good and some were even fun.
The festive events have changed but were always varied by company and the business conditions at the time.
Free booze, entertainment, dinner gave me reason to go but to my surprise not all co-workers would attend. Of course, some variables such as location, time, guest allowed, and entertainment provided could weigh on your decision to attend. I think the ones including spouses are the best ones.
I recall one were my wife won a limbo contest. That was a fun night.
Another party I attended was took place in Ireland (my wife was not on the trip) and the party took place at a local restaurant. One the young “lads” was not too experienced yet at holding his booze because at one point he fell across the table and most of his evening consumption came out. Luckily the vomit missed me. He was too drunk to be embarrassed but I must believe the next day was not a good one for him.
Probably the worst for me over the years was a badly placed joke I suspect. I don’t remember a specific event but I’m sure I’ve misspoke at some point somewhere.
Since the holiday office party season is over, do you have any office party stories to share?