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#Smallbiz Wrap: Don’t Be “That Guy” At Your Holiday Party

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Nothing says “fun” like gathering around some dude’s computer screen and drinking Kool Aid.

I always enjoy a good work holiday party, what with the drinking and the dancing and the sharing good cheer with people I see 40 or 50 hours a week. We had ours last night and, no, I didn’t get fired. So that’s nice.

But work holiday parties always remind me of one thing: that I haven’t done my Christmas shopping yet. Sorry Mom. For you, dear readers, you’re getting the same thing you got last week: our favorite business stories, clothed in a thin veil of quasi-jokes.

Keeping with the holiday party theme: How to avoid HR’s naughty list. It is not recommended you pull your co-worker aside and tell him “how you really feel.”

Apparently, you can major in social media now. That’s like majoring in lunch.

How to respond to negativity online. Also: did you know people can get negative online? Shocking but true.

Get up, stand up. Stand up at your desk.

5 secrets to get more done. One of which, of course, is “get more sleep.” If you need me, I’ll be under my desk.

The beauty of effective delegation. Namely, stuff gets done. And you don’t have to do it.

Are you pushing your employees too hard? Or not hard enough? If they’re breaking out in cold sweats when you approach, it’s the former. If they’re in the middle of a best of 7 ping pong quarterfinals, well, you get the idea.

How to build a better culture at your office by subtracting rules. Which makes sense, when you think about it. Nothing gets people to bond less than a rule that forces them to bond more. Or something.

Income tax turns 100. It’s a birthday we’ll all celebrate…by paying income tax. That should be fun.

And lastly, don’t pressure your employees to attend your holiday party. They’ll come if they want to. That and seven other things you shouldn’t really ask them to do. Like evaluate their peers, for example. That’s just awkward, unless you’re really looking to cultivate that jailhouse snitch culture. Then, you know, knock yourself out.

About Justin Tenuto

Justin is a self-professed legal dweeb who finds Anton Scalia genuinely hilarious. After receiving his B.A. in English literature from UC Santa Barbara, he spent four years as a destitute touring musician before he began writing. He’s worked at a few start ups and law firms and spends his off time playing the banjo, watching Tombstone, and playing the banjo while watching Tombstone.
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