For many of us, this is the biggest holiday season of the year. And that means the Dreaded Office Christmas Party. I’m lucky. I can work from home and don’t have an office party to go to. My new manager has people in Minneapolis, St Louis and me out here in Oregon all on my own, so an office party isn’t possible. But I’ve gone to plenty of them over the years. Once I even had the perfect excuse. I got up to get ready for work, and the office party at noon, only to find out that the bathroom of the apartment above me had sprung a leak and was flooding my bathroom. If I wanted to use the toilet I needed an umbrella. That had to be the best excuse ever, but because I’d come up with so many excuses for other parties no one believed me. Ah, well. What’s an introvert to do?
Here are a few survival techniques to try for your office party:
1. Come late, leave early. I am always, always, always early…. except for parties, especially holiday parties. I wait until everything gets going so I can slip in quietly, chat with a few people and then sneak out quietly. I stay just long enough to put in an appearance, then leave before I get too exhausted.
2. If you have to show up due to politics or “team building”, volunteer to help with the set up, serving food or drinks, or anything else that will keep you occupied and out of the stream of unending chit chat. You’ll get bonus points for being a team player.
3. Dress comfortably. If you have to be there, at least wear clothes that allow you to feel like yourself. Wear something that makes you feel good, comfortable and safe.
4. Pace yourself. Get rest the day before, and don’t let yourself get talked into any after party festivities. Take the next day off, too, if you can. You’ll need to recharge your batteries.
5. Avoid alcohol. Drinking to numb the pain will only make matters worse. If you do drink, drink very little so that you stay in control.
May your holidays be peaceful and quiet.
Stay tuned for more Introvert Holiday Survival Tips tomorrow.
Hi. I’m Chris. I’m an introvert. All of my postings tend to reflect my introvert world in some way or another. Join me and like minded introverts for a special slant on the world.