Are you heading off to an office party this holiday season? Or is there a chance you just may be consuming a little too much alcohol over the holidays. Then think twice or maybe three times before you post anything onto your social media sites. It is amazing what seems funny at 2 in the morning after a tequila shooter or two, makes you scared to get out of bed the next morning. I tend to get sappy at 2 in the morning, so here are a few tips I have been trying to follow:
- The best advice is to just NOT drink too much. Hard to do at an office party when the alcohol is free and everyone is letting their hair down. You also don’t want to be the person who doesn’t drink too much and then thinks it’s funny to take pictures of everyone else doing embarrassing things. You won’t have many friends the next day if these pictures get posted.
- Leave your phone at home. OK, I know that isn’t going to happen, but how about don’t take it out of your pocket or purse after 9 pm. The 24 hour rule is always a good policy when you are having too much FUN. Take the picture but don’t post it until after you have a look at it during the light of day.
- Keep your true inner feelings about a co-worker to yourself. Don’t verbalize them at the party and definitely don’t post them on facebook, twitter, or instagram.
- Selfies are dangerous. You have been very careful and your best friend at work appears and starts taking selfies of everyone. HIDE. Again, you have left your phone in your pocket and now you want to let your co-worker post a picture of the two of you stuffing cupcakes into your mouths. Maybe not.
- Stay Professional. Bosses and co-workers aren’t as forgiving as family and friends. We all love telling stories about our brothers or best girlfriends at their birthday parties. These stories form part of our family history. But at work – nope. People will feel threatened, if they know you have pictures of them. This is your professional life, keep it professional.
It’s the Holidays, have fun and be smart so you will still have a job in the New Year.
Good luck job hunting
Lynne Carlson started her career off in administration, moved to Cobol Programming and for the last 14 years worked in all things recruitment. Absolutely loves social media and excited about all the new innovations appearing every day!