How to Be on Your Best Behavior at This Year's Office Christmas Party

In the wake of numerous sexual misconduct scandals, here are some tips to avoid putting yourself in a bad position.


parties can get pretty wild and crazy, just like on TV and in the movies, but there are ways to conduct yourself to avoid an embarrassing situation. 

After the recent revelations of numerous sexual misconduct allegations, many companies are rethinking their annual gathering altogether. It's being dubbed the "Harvey Weinstein Effect."

“Companies are more nervous than ever,” Stephen Viscusi, who is known as "America’s workplace guru," told Inside Edition. “Show up early; be there on time, it shows respect for the company.

"Dress just like you would for work, do not take any photos you do not want the CEO of your company to see and avoid subjects like politics — no Trump, no Weinstein talk at this holiday party."

A national survey of businesses conducted by career transitioning firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas found that 11 percent have decided to "pass" on the holiday party this year, which is nearly triple from last year. It also found that only 49 percent of companies plan to serve alcohol compared to 62 percent last year.  

"I think that's ridiculous," Viscusi said. "If you can't trust your employees to drink at the holiday party, then you can't trust your employees. You have far greater problems in the workplace than just that holiday party."

Many companies are choosing to throw parties at bowling alleys or karaoke lounges as a way to keep people busy with physical activities other than just drinking and mingling. Experts also recommend serving lots of food to soak up the liquor.