6 Things to Avoid Doing at Your Company’s BBQ

by Justin Reynolds on Jul 1, 2016 11:00:00 AM

6 Things to Avoid Doing at Your Company’s BBQ by TINYpulseWhile some employees look forward to their company’s summer picnic each year, there are plenty of those who are a bit uncomfortable in work-related social situations that occur outside the office and those who get too comfortable.

The people in this latter groups aren’t sure how to conduct themselves in these kinds of settings. They’re unsure about what they should wear, how they should behave, and who they should talk to.

If you find yourself in that group, rest assured you’re not alone. To reduce the chances that you’ll become That Person at the party and find yourself the star of embarrassing videos, keep these six behavioral tips in mind before heading to your next company picnic. Be sure not to:


1. Swimsuits — just no

You are certainly not expected to wear business formal attire to your company’s summer BBQ. But that doesn’t mean you should wear your new swimsuit, even if youre buddy-buddy with a few of your coworkers. Remember, its still a work event.


2. Talk politics with your coworkers or members of their families

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It's election year, yes. But let's keep work functions civil by avoiding asking your coworkers husband whom hes voting for. Everyone already knows how heated politics can get, so why not keep these discussions for family gatherings — where they belong.


3. Keep to yourself

Company outings can be tough on anyone. But they can be even more difficult on shy and introverted team members. If you happen to be in one of those categories, then its going to be a rough ride for the next few hours.

Since these work functions typically have invitations that extend to family members, bring a friendly face along. They can do all the talking while you do the munching.


4. Be the drunkest one there

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If alcohol is involved at a work function, by definition one team member will be the drunkest one there. Whatever you do, don’t let that person be you — especially if you have even the faintest thoughts of climbing the company ladder.

Try out the one-for-one rule: follow each alcoholic drink with a glass of water. Its likely going to be hot out, so you may as well keep yourself hydrated.


5. Talk about work

Yes, you’re hanging out with all of your coworkers. But don’t you notice something different about your environs? You’re outside the workplace. Don’t try to take your coworkers on a daydreaming field trip back to it. Do try to get to know your coworkers on a personal level.


6. Act like you’re hanging out with your buddies

No matter how much fun youre having at your company picnic, you can never forget that you’re in the presence of your coworkers — not your college drinking buddies. In addition to watching how much you drink, its also critical that you avoid any controversial conversation (e.g., politics or religion). The last thing you want is to inadvertently offend someone.

As a form of employee recognition and getting people to build bridges within their organizational culture, companies put on these BBQs and picnics to celebrate a job well done. So try not to spoil the fun with indecent behavior. TINYpulse



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