I love going to my online community from time to time and asking for guest posts. It’s always a good idea to mix things up. I am blessed to have an amazing community of folks I can ask to help out and today is no different. Not only do I love this title the post makes great points. Thank you Nisha Raghavan (our HR Buddy) for your contribution.
I always commend building a friendly environment, maintaining relationships better through socialization and fun gatherings at work. And I personally looked forward to all those special days when I could possibly call for and arrange festivities in the office. Of course, Halloween is one of the most enjoyable times of the year at work and it is right around the corner.
We often find ourselves entangled in the trick and treat of every day work at the office! And these kinds of celebrations can help leave the stress out of our busy schedules and get into a much more casual atmosphere. If you are one of those who are fascinated with the concept of Halloween, you most definitely will wear an awesome costume to work!
The entertainment can be unlimited with all sorts of weird and funny costume possibilities and other fun activities like pumpkin carving competitions, dreadful cubicle and creepy office decorations. And trick or treats especially with the kids of employees cutely dressed up like little pumpkins, action heroes or their favorite Disney characters. My niece loved to be dress up as Rapunzel along with that long blond hair every single year!
Chances are people might go wild at your office Halloween party and assume that everything is acceptable in the name of celebration! But it is not. And I hate that, as an HR person, I need to police people during this delightful occasion.
However here are a few tips that you may want to keep in mind before you go wild.
No Hide and Seek: Make an active participation. I have noticed most of the times a few employees refuse to show up in a costume and try to be serious throughout the day. Come on, it is time for fun and try to go with the flow by getting yourself involved in the celebrations and if possible volunteer your help to co-ordinate the festivities.
No Slutty costumes ress up for the Culture. If your work is such that you have client meetings daily you probably don’t want to show up looking like pregnant Snooki or in Slutty cheer leader costume (anything that can be deemed too sexy or politically incorrect). So be sure to read the dress code if your HR has issued one and if not use your common sense in wearing something suitable to the culture of your organization.
No dirty Dancing: When your office party kicks off into full swing chances are someone may go out of their mind in the celebration mood. Don’t be the guy to do dirty dancing with your female coworker. Remember people are watching you and you might be surprised to see your photos flooding through social media sites next day which can hurt your career!
No playful gibes: You might look for an occasion to take a playful gibe at your Boss in return for his bullying. Don’t take that chance, He might be drinking with you and encourage you to be casual. Remember he is still your boss; whatever you do in the name of celebration might not end there.
No plus one: Unless you get a notice to bring your friend outside of your work, don’t invite anyone and make them and the company feel uncomfortable.
No flirting: Do that outside of your office and don’t think no one is watching you. You might feel everyone is busy with the celebration and might not bother you guys. But we can see you.
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About the Author:
Nisha Raghavan-Your HR Buddy!! is a Talent Management Professional and a blogger who likes to paint her thoughts with the shades of HR at http://nisharaghavan.com/. She writes about Work Culture, Employee Relations, Organization Development and engaging employees with Employee Engagement Initiatives. Her experience in the corporate world was as an HR Deputy Manager from Reliance Communications Limited, India where she specialized in orchestrating Talent Management & Development. Currently she is settled in Dallas and enjoys doing Acrylic and oil paintings in her free time. She is a contributing author at WomenOfHR.com and SocialBusinessNews.com . Connect with her on Twitter @Thehrbuddy.