The DOs & DON’Ts Of Summer Work Socials For New Grads

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The annual summer work party is a great time to loosen those ties and have some fun with your colleagues – but don’t forget that pesky word in there: ‘work.’

Despite the relaxed atmosphere, you still need to be on your best behaviour. This event can be a little nerve-wracking for young professionals, but never fear! TalentEgg is here with tips and tricks to make sure you end the night with your reputation and job still intact.

DO dress to impress

You can be more creative with your party outfit than you would for the office, but be careful with those hemlines and necklines. Don’t pull an Elle Woods – if you’re not sure what the dress code or party theme is, definitely ask! And if you’re worried about keeping cool in the summer heat, go for looser and lighter fabrics (like linen and cotton) as well as light colours so you’re comfortable and covered up.

Don’t stand out for the wrong reasons.

DON’T be late

Aim to arrive within the first thirty minutes at least. You might be off the clock, but your sense of professionalism and tact isn’t. And try to stay for at least a couple of hours. You might think you’re being sneaky, but chances are somebody will notice if you try to ditch early. Don’t double book yourself, there will be other summer festivals!

Don't be the Kramer of your office.
Don’t be the Kramer of your office.

DO take the chance to network

Don’t spend the entire evening with your office bestie. Strike up a conversation with a colleague outside of your circle – or better yet, your boss. The whole point of office parties is to socialize and get to know your co-workers a little better, so take advantage of the laidback atmosphere and get in that face time. If you’re more introverted, try to prepare a couple of topics and conversation starters ahead of time.

We promise it will get less awkward the more you practice.
We promise it will get less awkward the more you practice.

DON’T forget to have fun

The summer office party can be a great way to enjoy that summertime sunshine and spend some quality time with your colleagues so don’t forget to enjoy yourself! And free food equals a good time in my books! Just remember to keep your wits about you and you’ll be fine.

Socials are a great place to let loose… within reason.

DO drink responsibly

Especially in the summer, as the alcohol combined with the summer heat can leave you majorly dehydrated. Stay safe by setting a limit for yourself before you head out, and pace yourself by drinking water or club soda in between the hard stuff.

Stay classy.

What are your top tips for work social etiquette? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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