Are office holiday parties for networking or fun?

Are office holiday parties for networking or fun?

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Office parties are often seen as joyless, stodgy affairs where everyone is being extra careful not to do anything HR will get mad about. That makes them great for networking and trying to move up the corporate ladder, but not so great for fun. But the Michael Scotts of the world beg to differ. A lot of employers talk up how they’re not just another corporate company—it’s all about working hard and playing hard. It's a time to unwind and get loose, not swap business contacts. What do you think? 

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But most people aren’t lucky enough to work at fancy and fun companies. Most people are stuck in normal boring jobs where you’re much more likely to have a Michel Scott as your boss. 

Let’s be real—the people you work with are the people you work with. Office parties can be plenty fun, but at the end of the day, it’s still an office party. If you have to be on your best behavior because HR is watching, you might as well get some face time to help you with that promotion.

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Office parties can be amazingly fun. If you’re lucky, you work somewhere cool where they’ll throw a Great Gatsby-themed celebration—complete with flappers—for the office holiday party. That’s no networking event.

Work is work, but it doesn’t have to be miserable. Let loose and enjoy yourself. Your co-workers and boss are humans too. 

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