Office Party Anxiety

Do you suffer from office party anxiety? A surprising number of people do. In fact, many women worry more about the office party than any other holiday event, according to a survey from QVC.

QVC surveyed over 1,500 American women about their confidence and concerns around annual holiday parties in the workplace.

  • 66 percent of respondents agree that looking their best will help them make a good impression with their boss and other key executives they do not interact with on a daily basis.
  • Once at the party, 73 percent think that small talk is easier when they feel good about how they look.
  • 77 percent think it’s better to be overdressed than underdressed. At the same time, almost 40 percent are concerned about wearing something that’s going to be physically uncomfortable.

“The holiday office party can be super stressful. It’s a celebration, but remember it’s also an extension of the workplace,” says Shawn Killinger, QVC Host. “You can and should own your individuality and your unique personal brand – just keep it professional!”

Women surveyed say that dressing for a cocktail party or a sit-down dinner with their colleagues is harder than figuring out what to wear for a party at the office or an after-work-hours gathering at a nearby bar. But in all cases, looking great and appearing professional are critical.

“The best thing you can wear to the office party is confidence,” says fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi . “Wear something you love, that you feel fabulous in. Put on a color that makes you happy and then add a little sparkle – the sweater, the shoes or a statement necklace. That is a recipe for office party perfection.”

That’s good advice. Still, it makes sense that people would feel anxiety over the holiday office party.

After all, screwing it up could harm your image at work all year long. No pressure, then, no pressure at all.

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