Three Best Things to Happen at the TrackFive Holiday Party

Have you ever had one of those warm, content feelings in the pit of your stomach as you realize you are exactly where you are meant to be? This is the best way I can think of to describe the TrackFive holiday party. Although we have different company events throughout the year, this is by far the highlight – even for those who aren’t crazy about the holiday season. The team gets dressed up and goes to a fully catered event at a classy restaurant. We get to share food, drinks, gifts, and so much laughter. We forget about the grind of work and just relax and enjoy the unique group of people that we work with. Everyone brings their significant other too, which really opens the door to us bonding on a more personal level. As the company grows, somehow this event remains a cozy, intimate evening in the heart of downtown Lancaster.

Top Highlights of the TrackFive Holiday Party

This year was extra special. Check out the top highlights of the 2018 TrackFive holiday party!

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1. Our Florida team came to visit

The holiday party is one of the few times in the year that our entire company is together. We make the people who work in Florida fly up here and suffer in the cold with us. Having them in the office all day, and then being able to spend casual time with them in the evening at the party really helps create unity. When you have two offices so far apart, it is really challenging to make sure the same company culture exists in both places. It’s also hard to feel like one solid team. Times like this, when we can all be together, are vital to overcoming those challenges. We have teams who are communicating and working together daily, yet have never met face to face. It’s always fun to meet those people in person. And what better way than to bond over great food, drinks, and the spontaneous karaoke after party?

2. We’re getting new benefits

The second-best thing that happened during the holiday part is that we finally got to hear about the big changes coming to our benefits in 2019. Our president revealed our new benefits to us at the holiday party. We’ve known for a long time that this was in the works, and by some miracle, it was kept a secret until the night of the party. This made the event really exciting. Although we already have some of the best benefits around, like our health insurance paid for in-full, TrackFive is adding a really cool new feature to the benefit plan. We have something like an ala-cart package deal, where you can pick from a selection of benefits up to a certain value. Some of our options are student loan or wellness reimbursement, and even a few unique ones like pet insurance! We have lots of pet lovers here at TrackFive, so this is a pretty cool idea.

3. SPOILER ALERT: We’re rebranding!

The most exciting part of the entire night was that we are rebranding! A challenge we run into a lot as a company is finding an efficient and clear way to explain what we do. For this reason, we decided it was time to rebrand and reform our message. It’s been more than 10 years since the company was founded, so it’s time for a facelift. We partnered with a local branding firm here in Lancaster, and we all got to see the new logo at the party. Sorry – we can’t show you just yet, but the rebrand will be official in the new year, so be sure to check it out then!

Want to learn more about what it’s like to work at TrackFive? Check out our current job openings!

The Office Holiday Party: How to Survive and Thrive

If you’re anything like me, you’ve read the title of this post and thought, “It is really necessary to tell adults how to act at their office holiday party?” But if you’re also like me, you’ve heard the holiday party horror stories and/or have witnessed them first hand.

So, here I am writing this cliché office holiday post, and here you are reading it. Let’s just get through this so that you can share it with your coworkers. Or you can keep these tips to yourself and silently judge your coworkers while you wonder if they will still have a job the next day. The choice is yours.

Surviving the Office Holiday Party

I know that it is office party season, but that doesn’t mean that you should plan to dust off your college liver and rage. Most people find themselves the fool (or even fired) because they forget that the office party is still a business event. Beyond not getting too drunk, here are some other things you should look to avoid if you want to enjoy your office holiday party:

Don’t Imbibe in Excess

Believe me, you’re not the only one that gets excited when you hear about an open bar. That doesn’t mean you need to drink everything you can. The point of your holiday party is to have a good time with your colleagues, not get drunk. Don’t be the person that says crazy things you’ll regret the next day (or that will make your boss rethink your status as an employee).

Don’t Dress Inappropriately

The office party is not the time to break out your little black dress you wore with a sash and a tiara on your last birthday. It’s also not the time to break out the Nike slides and sweatpants that you’re going to lounge in this weekend. You’re not going to the Met Gala, but it is a business event and you should dress accordingly.

Also, be mindful when giving compliments to your coworkers. Avoid saying anything that may make a coworker feel uncomfortable. Don’t say any comments that may suggest anything sexual. And please, I am begging you; don’t use the holiday party to confess your feelings to your office crush. It’s not the time or place, especially if they don’t feel the same. That could make things awkward for everyone.

Don’t Gossip

The office holiday party is not the time to engage in gossip. It’s not the time to talk about office pain points, complain, or vent. If you’re not getting along with a particular coworker, the party is not the time to talk about it. Don’t announce that you’re quitting or that you hate your supervisor. The office holiday party is not the time nor the place for this sort of talk. What you thought was just chatting with your office buddies could very quickly turn into some serious consequences in the near future.

Refrain from talking about sensitive subjects like bonuses or the president-elect. Perhaps not everyone in the company got bonuses. And believe me, no one wants to get into a heated debate about politics or religion.

Don’t Drink and Drive

If you and your coworkers have been drinking, the last thing you want to do is drive home inebriated. You should also be careful asking a coworker to give them a ride home. You don’t want to seem overbearing or like you are being the “mom” of the office. Instead, try encouraging your coworkers to split an Uber or Lyft ride with you.

Thriving at the Office Holiday Party

With so many things you shouldn’t do at the holiday party, how are you supposed to have a good time? Don’t you worry, because there are plenty of things that you also should do at the office holiday party to ensure you survive the event. Let’s check ‘em out:

Attend the Holiday Party

Depending on the culture of your workplace, passing on an invitation to the office holiday party could hurt your reputation. You don’t need to be there all night, but at least make an appearance. Stay for like half and hour and then be on your way if you really don’t want to be there.

And if you attend, actually engage with your coworkers. You didn’t get all dressed up and come to the holiday party for some hors d’oeuvres, so don’t stand by the food all night! Talk to some people outside of your department that you typically don’t get to spend time with. Enjoy yourself.

Know the “Rules” of the Party

Don’t assume that you can invite whomever you want to the office holiday party. Make sure it is okay to bring a spouse, significant other, or friend. If you’re not sure if you get a plus one or not, ask. If you get to bring a guest, don’t bring someone that is going to act inappropriately and reflect poorly on you.

Keep Your Right Hand Free

You’re probably going to be shaking hands for at least some of the evening. Keep your drink in your left hand so you don’t have to give someone a cold, wet handshake. This means your cellphone should be in your pocket (except for when you’re taking selfies, of course). Since your right hand is free to give out the best handshakes all night, do some networking.

Find something in common with that executive or supervisor that you never talk to. It’s always a good idea to build or strengthen your business relationships, and you never know when that top-level manager might consider you for that promotion.

Snack Before the Party

Now if you’re like me, you don’t need to be told to have a snack before going somewhere! However, if you’re having a cocktail hour before any snacks or dinner is served, you’ll want something in your stomach. Plus, if dinner is late, you won’t be too hungry.

When dinner is served, make sure to socialize with everyone. The holiday season is a time to eat, drink, and be merry. Thank whoever planned and arranged your office holiday party, enjoy yourself, and follow these tips so you still have a job when you make it back into the office.