Working a Christmas party

by | Dec 13, 2011 | News

Simon Hayward from Cirrus comments in the Financial Times

By Rhymer Rigby, Financial Times, Monday 11 December 2011

The company Christmas party can be a surprisingly useful opportunity to enhance your career prospects and make valuable contacts. But it is important to get the balance between work and play right.

How do I work the party?

“The biggest area is connections and networks,” says Simon Hayward, managing partner of Cirrus, the employee engagement specialist. “It’s also an opportunity to use a bit of disclosure and to find out a bit about people and to build a bit more trust. Trust is a huge enabler.”

But Mr Hayward says there is no point faking an interaction. “Don’t be manipulative, be genuine and have fun together. It allows barriers to come down so you can know people on a more intimate level,” he says. “When you make those intimate connections, it means you can offer favours and pull in favours. It removes formality and can be much better than a business meeting. There’s value to the individual and the organisation.”

What about talking to senior people?

“If there’s someone you want to meet this is the perfect opportunity,” says Mr Hayward. “The layers of the organisation are much vaguer. But remember it’s a party – make conversation interesting and genuine, don’t just pursue an agenda and don’t forget the marketing director is human.”

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© Financial Times 2011

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