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You Can Survive The Company Holiday Party!

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It’s Company Holiday Party Time! You are either excited about it or loathing the idea of having to spend yet another couple of hours with people who you have to already spend the majority of your life with. (Hopefully your situation is the former and not the latter) Either way, I support you and I want to get you through it unharmed, unbothered and with your dignity, respect and professionalism in tact. I offer 6 easy tips that will help you to survive your company holiday party:

  1. Show Up –  I image3am certain that there are a million other things that you could or maybe even want to be doing other than attending a party with the people who you spend 40+ hours of your life with every week, BUT, hear me out first. It’s not the daily recurring Monday morning team meeting that helps to building relationships. It is actually the random one-off similarities and conversations that you share about personal things, challenges and situations. While I’m not inferring that you should spill your deepest darkest secrets with your co-workers, I do recommend that you engage in casual, social conversations when the opportunity is appropriate. What better environment to do it in than the Company Holiday Party.
  2. Drink, (If You Want To) But Know Your Limit – I get it; an open bar filled with all the image2wine, champagne and liquor that you could ever yearn for is quite tempting, but know your limits. If you need to eliminate the constant nagging co-worker who wants you to keep drinking your life away well after you have reached your limits, try the club soda with a lime fix. It looks like a cocktail, but it most certainly is not.
  3. Dress To Kill, But Don’t Murder Your Career – If there is a dress code, stick to it. Don’t be the one person who wore a suit to your company’s Christmas Sweater themed party. Also, mind your sexy. I highly encourage dressing all the way up when its appropriate to do so, but be mindful of your outfit lengths, low cuts and fit.
  4. image1It’s A Party, Not A Meeting –  If Lisa did or did not send the report to you or if you plan to attend next week’s finance meeting are not really important tonight. Take this opportunity to get to know people personally and enjoy the festivities of the evening. Work is not going anywhere and will be there for you to discuss further on the next business day.
  5. Taking A Date?  Introduce Them! – If you are inviting someone as a date to your Company Holiday Party (or any party for that matter), introduce them! It is your responsibility to engage them in conversations.
  6. Turn Up… IN MODERATION –  I know that the word party is  clearly in the title of this event and while I encourage you to party, I also want you to acknowledge and accept the fact that this is still in many ways connected to work. Do party, do dance and do have fun, but always remember that you must have some limits. Set those limits before you step in the door and stick to them.  image4

Are you facing another upcoming holiday party challenge and you are trying to determine how to handle it? Just send the question our way.  Send a note using the form below or feel free to post your question on any of our various social media accounts by clicking them below!

Until Next Time,

Happy Partying!

Scarlet

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Teamwork Changes Lives

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Screenshot_2014-12-01-09-34-53Sometimes you sit and daydream about what you could do, wish to do or want to do someday. And then sometimes, you actually ask people to assist you and walaa, like magic, things just start to happen.

For the past 5 years, I’ve been a pretty adamant supporter of the Adopt A Child for Christmas in Detroit. It’s a fantastic program that helps to ensure that no child or family gets left out of the magic and joy that happens during the holiday months. My good friend Cassie Williams and her mother (AKA, the Community Renegades) have – for years – pleasantly strong armed a small army of folks into participating and ensuring that their commitments are upheld and fulfilled.

This year I thought it would be great to do even more. In years past, I’ve personally seen the growth and impact of this movement and witnessed my closest friends annually commit to this event. And 5 years later, my friends continue to support.

It gives me great pleasure that this year, the Scarlet Communications team has stepped up and as a collective group, we’re participating in Adopt A Child. Yes, you can be awesome, accomplish greatness and be dynamic on your own. But, with a team you can do even more.

Cheers to the Scarlet Communications Team!

Thank you for all that you do for our current, future and aspiring leaders and thank you for helping the world the change the way we all think about etiquette.

This one’s for you!

Until next time,

Scarlet,


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Celebrating Without Disrespecting

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Our year is full of celebrations and festivities in honor of us! There are hundreds of different holidays that celebrate hundreds of different cultures that we have all over the world. Naturally, since we are exposed to different cultures by way of friendships, business relationships or family connections, it’s only natural that we want to join in, in the festivities when they occur.

But should we? If I’m not Mexican, should I really be celebrating Cinco de Mayo? If I don’t even have 1/32nd of Irish in me, should I really be taking part in St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? Well, Scarlet Says… Why not? It’s great to celebrate and recognize others, but, to avoid being condescending and deemed a mocker of the cultural and religious holidays of others, there are two simple guidelines that Scarlet ask you to should consider:

  • Costumes: Choose your costumes wisely! Everybody loves dressing up, but sometimes your innocent dressing up could easily be misconstrued into mocking a person or a belief.
  • What Are You Celebrating?: Have you ever been celebrating something and thought, what the heck is this celebration even about? Ok…maybe you haven’t, because we know that it’s real easy to get lost in the celebration sauce. But, the next time you are invited out to celebrate something, be aware of what you’re celebrating. It would be a little bit of a bummer to realize that all these year’s, you’ve been celebrating something that stands for something that you are completely and morally against.

Celebrate and have fun, but always respectfully and responsibly!

 


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Office Holiday Party Etiquette

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! During the holiday season we attend plenty of parties with family, friends, and coworkers. Thank goodness Scarlet is here to prepare you with tips to have the most fun at the party and still be able to show your face on Monday morning.

  1. Don’t Drink too much- Even small quantities can loosen inhibitions and lead you to do things you wish you hadn’t.
  2. Know the Dress code- Before arriving be sure to know if there is a dress code or theme. You do not want to be one the person who wore a suit to a Christmas Sweater themed party.
  3. If there’s karaoke, participate-  It shows that you are a team player and able to step outside of the  box.
  4. Give a group gift to the boss-  Individual gifts to the boss can quickly turn into a competition in which employees try to outdo each other with the best “boss gift,” Instead, get together with everyone in the office and purchase a joint gift.

Scarlet reminds everyone to have fun at their Office Holiday

Parties but remember these tips!

…until next time…


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