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Office Party Etiquette 2010-12-21 09:55:41

Savvy Confessions: Holiday Party Boozie Blunders — Should I Say Something?

Holiday parties at the office can be a boatload of fun, but you still have to keep in mind that you need to conduct yourself professionally. I think some of the co-workers of this anonymous poster may have crossed the line. Weigh in with your suggestions of this Savvy Confessions post in the comments below!

So I work with a bunch of young people (i.e. early to mid-twenties) like myself, which makes work fun as I have many colleagues who are my peers.  We recently had our holiday party.  It was fun, but it got a bit crazy.  At one point, things started to get a bit messy because a lot of the young people started to get really drunk.  I just had one or two drinks and stayed sober, and ended up having to mediate a few messy/uncomfortable drunk situations.  It was awkward.  Now that it's the day after, I feel like I owe it to my colleagues — some of whom I would consider friends — to tell them that they really crossed the line.  As fun loving as our office culture is, it was still a work event.  A C-level executive was there, as well as our managers.  If my colleagues care as much about their career development as they say they do, they should know that they didn't do their reputations any favors last night. What should I do?  Should I say something directly to each person?  If so, how should I approach it without sounding like a goody-two-shoes?  Or should I say something to my manager, who is a mentor to me and others in the office?

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Baconlover Baconlover 6 years
Whenever excessive drinking occurs, I think almost every "star" of the party has the "what did I do last night" talk with friends/co-workers. I think most will remember the mistakes that were made. If no one did anything too awful, I think it's ok to let pass.
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