Business etiquette is the art of making other people feel comfortable. It is giving respect to others and expecting the same in return. When attending corporate events, you are expected to be professional, polite, and aware both of the company’s culture and of your fellow employees. Some business etiquettes include not talking while eating, never raising your voice, and avoiding interrupting others. Being on time, not pushing past others into conversations, and being mindful of others are also some etiquettes that need to be followed.
Generally, etiquettes for business events include:
- Dressing appropriately.
- Being kind and courteous to guests and employees.
- Remember to be professional at all times.
Here Are Some Business Etiquettes for Corporate Events:
- Remember, No Gossiping or Spreading Rumors.
If you know there is a rumor about someone at work or in your personal life, do not repeat it, as oftentimes it is against company policy to gossip or spread rumors. It goes without saying that conversations should be kept professional in the workplace. Never speak badly about your company or employees to co-workers, customers, or other parties. Research shows that gossiping in the workplace leads to low employee morale, reduced productivity, and high staff turnover. To avoid this, remember to respect the privacy of your colleagues and co-workers and avoid gossiping at the workplace as well as at many corporate events or parties.
- Don’t Smoke or Drink.
Smoking and drinking aren’t allowed in the workplace. They don’t give a good impression, not to mention the fact that they can also cause negative health issues. For example, smoking has been linked to lung cancer, heart disease, stroke, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and many other conditions. Moreover, smoking in enclosed places such as offices, restaurants, and casinos, for instance, also endangers the health of non-smokers who may be exposed to secondhand smoke. Employees who are smokers shouldn’t smoke within the premises of the company and the management should also not let the employees do the same. If employees smoke or drink within the premises or at the event place, it can be very distracting for others. And, since it leads to health issues, workers may end up suffering from health problems, which can result in decreased efficiency.
- Avoid Chitchat with Strangers.
Chitchat with strangers is rude and unprofessional. Avoid answering back, idle chitchat, or being polite with strangers. If you feel the need to speak with someone, use an icebreaker, such as “What do you do?” or “Where are you from?”. Avoid casual conversations that may feel natural to you but might be offensive to others.
I work in an industry that has many meetings, conferences, and seminars throughout the year. As a professional, it is essential that I establish positive, professional relationships with co-workers. My co-workers include people from all over the world, and I have learned that different cultures value conversation very differently. While some value only business conversations, others value casual small talk. To keep everyone happy and avoid awkward situations, it would be advisable you learn to adapt conversations to the culture of your co-workers.
- Maintain Your Dress Code, Especially If It’s a Business Meal.
Corporate events are very important, so it’s crucial to dress appropriately. Proper business attire for men generally includes a jacket and tie, whereas for women, wearing tidy dresses, skirts, or dress with a blazer, or something similar works. However, the dress code for events can vary from company to company, but it is important to follow your company’s dress code to maintain professionalism.
Also, there are definite rules to follow regarding business dinners and lunch. This means not eating while talking, maintaining silence, not drinking too much, not laughing, and certainly not flirting. These etiquettes are really important to follow and will set a good impression on other people including your clients and bosses. Besides these, your company’s appearance is important too, so wear your company logo during any corporate event if you have one.
So, whether it’s a casual or a formal event, it’s very important to know how to negotiate, communicate, and behave properly. Know your audience, dress appropriately, practice good table manners, and be respectful of others. In the end, everyone should have a good time!