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Etiquette at work

Holiday parties should be a chance to unwind

I often talk of how much success in business depends on building strong, positive relationships. Relationships with clients and prospects is obvious, but equally important are the relationships with your co-workers and your bosses. At this time of the year, you have one of the best opportunities to enhance relationships at work: the office holiday party.

Building those relationships starts by responding to the company’s invitation right away. If you’re not sure you can attend, contact the organizers anyway to let them know when you will have a firm answer. If the invitation is vague about whether to bring a significant other or spouse, ask when you reply.

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