5 Situations to Avoid at Office Happy Hour

Posted April 30, 2012 by Marcy Twete in Networking Buzz

Are you heading to happy hour with some friends or coworkers tonight? Think ahead. It’s easy to get to happy hour, have a few drinks, and make mistakes you wish you hadn’t. From drinking too much to saying too much, happy hour can be great for team building and bonding but can also produce big blunders in your career.

This week, The Daily Muse brings us “5 Situations to Avoid at Office Happy Hour”, a phenomenal list of things not to do when you’re partying with the office friends. If you’re heading out to happy hour tonight or any other night, it’s worth a read to avoid these common blunders.

A few other tips for women and the office happy hour:

  • If you’re having drinks with higher-ups, get to the bar before they do and order something non-alcoholic. Tip the bartender or waiter who will be taking care of your party and tell them, “No matter what I order, just keep bringing me the non-alcoholic version.” Then you can ask for the vodka tonic and no one will be any wiser that you’re really drinking club soda. This keeps your head in the game without sacrificing camaraderie.
  • Sit next to someone you don’t know very well. Office cliques happen in every office. And often, you can’t do much about it day-to-day. Happy hours and other social events are great ways to get to know more people in your office and break out of your office clique.
  • Note your boss’ drink of choice. For men, especially, their favorite drink can be a great way to find some common ground. A former boss of mine considered himself a connoisseur of whiskey, and while it may sound strange, my knowledge in this area actually gave us something more to talk about on a day-to-day basis.

With these and the tips from The Daily Muse, you’ll be sure to be dazzling at the next office happy hour.

About the Author

Marcy Twete

Marcy Twete is a career fundraiser turned corporate responsibility executive, a career and networking expert and the author of the book "You Know Everybody! A Career Girl’s Guide to Building a Network That Works."