5 no-nos for the office party

5 no-nos for the office party

This is the season for merry-making and there is no shortage of festive spirit as office parties across Singapore get into full swing in the days leading up to Christmas.

But before you pick up that glass of champagne and get ready to boogie on the dance floor, bear in mind that while you can let your hair down this festive season, office-appropriate behaviour still applies.

Experts weigh in on five common offences at office parties:

Not showing upAccepting an invitation and not showing up is bad form.

While no-shows may have their own reasons for skipping the party, going back on a promise shows bosses and colleagues that an individual may be unreliable.

Ms Loo Mei Yee, general manager of Executive Coach International, said: "This reflects on work and interpersonal relationships in the office where trust and reliability are based on the achievement and completion of what you say to others you would do."

Her advice is - if you cannot make it to an event after promising to go, inform the organisers as soon as possible.

Dressing inappropriately

Dressing to impress does not mean wearing less.

Turning up in an outfit that is too short, too tight or too untidy means you run the risk of tarnishing the professional image you have built up among colleagues throughout the year.

Ms Yvonne Anjelina, director and chief etiquette coach of The Etiquette School Singapore, said unless a dress code is specified, women should ideally wear a cocktail dress no shorter than four to five inches above the knee.

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