Happy Hour Requires Preparation
Going out for a drink seems like all fun and games, but you should keep in mind certain things before you go. If you have to ask yourself, “Did I eat lunch today?” then maybe you should consider eating something before you go out drinking. We’ve all learned the “food before booze” lesson in college (some of us the hard way). Also, be prepared by looking forward to expanding your relationship with your co-workers, whether it be professionally or getting to know them a little more personally, not just for the drinks. Don’t go there and stand in the corner while getting tipsy alone. There’s nothing worse than the co-worker who is just looking for a drink or two with no intentions to mingle and connect with their peers, or even worse, the one just looking for a good place to hit on the new hire.
Happy Hour is NOT “Club Wear” Saturdays
If you make plans with co-workers to go out to a bar after work, chances are, your attire is already appropriate for the occasion. But in instances where you have enough time to go home and freshen up or bring clothes with you, try not to act like this is a night out with your girls and reach for the freakum dress. Yes, we all like to let our hair down and leave the blazers and pant suits behind as soon as 5 p.m. hits, but certain clothing should not make it in front of your co-workers.
Happy Hour With Co-Workers is NOT What It Was In College
Although this is self-explanatory, happy hour with co-workers is completely different from your happy hours in college. With your college buddies, your sorority and with your fellow classmates, happy hour had a whole different meaning, which usually included shots, loud music, “pre-gaming” and nights you don’t quite remember. College can change the way you view social gatherings, but getting together with peers after college should be relaxing but also controlled (If you are an intern at a company or just recently graduated from college, take heed). And with this said, our next tip…
Happy Hour Has A Drink Limit
Drinking with anyone could have its “interesting” moments to say the least, especially if you have indulged yourself in one too many drinks. As adults, we should know our limit with alcohol and always be mindful of it. In professional decorum, the usual drink limit while in a professional or first date type of atmosphere should be ar0und two drinks. Any more than that, and you could wind up being the “one who was really, really drunk” that everyone’s talking about at the office come Monday morning. Don’t be the butt of the joke, boo.
Another tip to be mindful of: choose your drinks wisely. If you know you can’t handle that “Henny on the rocks,” then take it light and easy. A cocktail or a glass of wine is a classy drink that isn’t too heavy on the liquor like other drinks.
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