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4 Tips for Making the Best of your Office Party

It’s the end of the year and that means it’s time for the annual office party. Although the office party is a way to let your hair down after a long year, there are still horror stories of people for whom the office party meant broken relationships or a ruined career. When it’s time for your office party, there are a few things to keep in mind before and during the party.

Eat, drink, and remember to include everyone

Besides allergies, you need to make sure that those booking the venue or catering know if you are a vegetarian, vegan or if you have any religious dietary needs. There are few things as awkward as having one person at the office party who is unable to eat any of the food served. Sometimes those planning the party get so excited that they just forget to ask about dietary needs.While it is difficult to cater to everyone’s every need, making sure that everyone can enjoy themselves is more important than simply catering to one person’s likes and dislikes.

Dress up (or not)

Make sure beforehand what the dress code is – especially if the office party is held in the evening – and dress appropriately. The office party doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to buy something new to wear, but make sure that it is something you feel comfortable in and will look good on photos. Be sure to find out whether partners are also invited or if it is strictly for staff only.

Know your limit – and stop before you reach it

With alcohol available at most office parties, it is very important not to imbibe too much. While you might think that you are being the life of the party, you might just be making an idiot of yourself. Even though you are at a party, you are still with your colleagues – and perhaps even some clients – and need to keep a level of professionalism. With all the taxi and chauffeur services available, it is also easy to get to and from your office party safely.

Now is not the time

Stay clear of touchy subjects. The office party is not the time for debates about someone’s religion/lifestyle/political views/diet/taste in clothes. Everyone at the office party is there to enjoy themselves after a long year of work and not to defend themselves or be verbally attacked over a three-course meal by someone they see for eight hours five days a week. This is something that should especially be kept in mind after the drinks have been flowing. Just because something is said while under the influence of alcohol doesn’t mean “it doesn’t count”.

You can still enjoy your office party even if you do so responsibly. Use the holiday season to relax and return in the New Year with renewed energy and motivation.

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Why are some people rich, famous and successful??

Have you ever wondered why some people are rich and you are not?  I have and it has struck me that the difference between people that are rich and those who are not, is their behavior.

Thinking about rich people as far as I am concerned they seem to always strive for ‘excellence’, it is in their ‘make-up’ to actually work hard and strive to excel at what they do.  I read a quote of Steve Jobs ‘Be a yardstick of quality.  Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.’

Take for instance some cashiers and sales people; it amazes me that these people feel they are actually doing you a favour by serving you.  “Hello, you are here because I buy from your shop.”  Some people act as though they are far above one they are supposed to be serving.

Creating environments of excellence where people learn to work towards certain goals helps  make them feel that being excellent pays off.  I also believe we need to teach our children the value of working and becoming excellent in what they do.  It is by doing something good and eventually becoming an expert at it that they will achieve success.

Some people like Steve Jobs for instance, is focused and they seem to drive towards their goals.  It makes sense to them to excel at what they do.  Constantly working at doing the right thing and at some stage you will be gratifying some people.  I suspect other people will be astonished at the results of your efforts but isn’t this what makes us more than ‘some people’?

Here’s to ‘some people’ thank you for your grumbling, it makes me take a second look at myself and see where I can repair myself.  Thank you also to ‘some people’ that are rich you make me want to become excellent and work towards my own goals.


Author:               Yvette van Niekerk

Bio:                        My desire is to write the best I can and enjoy every minute of writing.  The main focus is to inspire and uplift the people around me.  Drawing inspiration of my personal relationship with the Lord.



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Take the plunge and enjoy your retirement

Some of you might have a private giggle when you read the sub-title. How can one not enjoy your retirement? Isn’t it supposed to be a time of blissful rest after a lifetime of work.

For many people it is like that, but for many like me, it is a scary time of being trapped in a vacuum of nothingness. For many it is a period where one feels discarded after a lifetime of playing a prominent role in a company, of being an important cog in the wheel of the economy. For many it is a period of waiting and finding something important and useful to do.

For many it is a period of bereavement, of loss. You have lost something important. You grief for lost opportunities, the past, your youth or for your former dynamism and interaction with your colleagues. You do not belong anywhere anymore, except in the lounge of a old age home. You have started your journey on the ‘green mile’. That infamous walk from your prison cell to the gallows. This journey now has just one possible end – death.

It is also a period of increasing financial difficulties, a bleak future awaits.

How can one change this mindset of depression and hopelessness? How can one change the ‘green mile’ into a ‘golden mile’?

By changing your attitude towards this period of change and by taking the plunge and start living life in its fullness again.

Like everything in life, retiring after a lifetime of work, requires adapting to major changes in your life. It is similar as experiencing and surviving divorce, emigration or losing a loved one, or being retrenched.

Handling change correctly requires certain strategies to maintain your identity, you self-worth and your sanity.

Psychologists and others have developed a number of different models to explain the process of change. Central to these models  is the fact that when people want to, or have to, change, there will always be specific elements linked to the process and its specific stages, that you will go through, and have to deal with  before you can move on.

To do this successfully, you need to address the way you think because your thinking dictates your behaviour.

Man is meant to grow and develop, to move forward, and to progress to fulfilment.  To  become stuck in the process of change from employment to retirement without the willpower and energy to overcome the obstacles and challenges, would be to avoid your responsibility to yourself and those around you.

This is a call to action:

  • Start a journal. There is nothing as therapeutic as sitting down and writing about your emotions, feelings, fears and goals.
  • Join a club. Do not become isolated.
  • Be creative and busy. Join an art class, or start a new hobby or rebuild a previous one. This will build you feeling of self-worth.
  • Read widely about transitional change and how others survived the various phases of change.
  • Be gentle with yourself and others.
  • Don’t neglect the social media . It is a good way to keep in touch with old friends or meet new people.

Author: Fred Boshoff

Fred Boshoff is a freelance writer and contributes articles and short stories to websites, newspapers and magazines. Specialities: psychology, popular philosophy, literature, history and more