Help My Career: ‘Our social skills are like any other muscle’: Are you attending your first office party of the pandemic? It’s time to strategize.  

by | Dec 30, 2022 | Stock Market

If you graduated and joined the workforce during the pandemic, chances are office parties are still a novel idea to you. The gradual return to the office brought the idea of office parties back this holiday season. For many, it could be the first large-scale workplace social event since the start of the coronavirus outbreak in 2020, and since the era of remote working.

“I remember going to my first office party, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m the only Latina in this room. What is this going to be like?” Lesley Alegria, founder, principal consultant and career coach at Alegria HR Consulting, told MarketWatch.  Alegria was a first-generation college graduate and the first generation in her family to work in an office. She wondered, “Are people going to point out the fact that I’m so different from everybody else? And that can be really nerve-racking.” The lack of social events over the past two years has put many of us out of practice. For that reason, it’s always good to be a little strategic. For example, enjoy some lighthearted face time with your boss, and don’t get stuck in a corner. 

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