You’re a grown up now.
You have a job, you join professional circles and attend happy hour events. You take business class when travelling.
These are all great.
And it is fantastic that you can interact with your coworkers (and climb that corporate ladder like the corporate whore you are) in a social setting. But you need to remember one key thing. No matter how well you get along with your peers, and what a great laissez-faire attitude you have in the office… All these events and all these people, they still make up WORK.
So here is how you learn to be a professional party girl (or boy) while still remaining professional.
1. I want you to have fun. And I want you to BE the fun person you are outside of work, but remember that just because a work event includes alcohol and a dj, it doesn’t mean that you are at a rave party. Keep your composure and limit the grindy dance spurts to a minimum. Actually, scratch that- grindy dancing at work functions is never ok. To achieve this, give yourself a three drink maximum and at all costs avoid doing shots. Those spell more American spring break than a professional who should be taken seriously.
2. Your party ways can never interfere with your work. While on a business trip, several of us went out after dinner. The drinks kept coming, but myself and some others retired to our rooms circa midnight, while a small group continued on. Was I jealous of their bonding and stories of exploring the hotel circa 4 am? Of course I was. But they sauntered to our client’s office at 11 am ordered pizza and giggled in the corner like teenagers (they were 40) annoying the rest of us. 4 months later half of those people are no longer at the company. Here is the thing, the office staff loves people who are fun, but the boss will pick the nerdy hard worker everytime. Networking only gets you so far. You have to have the work ethic to back it up.
3. If partying does interfere with your work - ie you attend happy hour industry events that end in a make out with a rando at an after hours, followed by rushing into work the next morning still reeking of cheap Pinot Grigio; you might have a problem. Honestly, if you want to get crunk on your own time, that is technically ok, but I’ll warn you that it’s a small world and your supervisor’s cousin’s boyfriend is probably the bartender who cut you off your last round of tequila shots while the lights were going on at the club… Eventually people will realize that you are not merely under the weather every Thursday morning, but might actually be developing a problem with alcohol. Word gets around so stay classy.
4. Binge drinking has become so acceptable, that it is perfectly ok to sigh into the office 30 min late, with sunglasses on, exclaiming- ‘Gah, I’m SOOOOOO hung over’ and get sympathetic comments of approval from your peers. However, the thing with coworkers is that it is ok to like them, but you shouldn’t necessarily trust them. People are very quick to throw you under the bus if it will benefit them. Don’t be surprised if your less experienced (but better behaved) coworker gets better projects than you. If you become the well known office party girl, people will likely be afraid to depend on you. So keep even the worst hangover to yourself. Or better yet, end your school nights at 1, and go home to vitamin b and a large glass of water.
5. When travelling for work, maintain the same attitude you have in the office. Don’t get trashed on flights, trains, work dinners, or client meetings. Don’t forget that if you are female and work in a predominantly male environment, your tolerance is lower than that of men and that is ok. You can still seem like you are keeping up without passing out on your overpriced business steak.
When taking business flights it is great to enjoy the complimentary champagne that sure beats the vinegary swill they serve in economy. However, drinking on flights dehydrates you to the max and dehydration makes you look like a leather bag.
You don’t want that, do you?
So have a glass of champagne (ok, three), but not seven!
*just wanted to add a disclaimer in here - there is one occasion in my professional career where drinking DID help my work, it involves Chinese factory owners, 2.5% beer and a night after which my Eastern Euro booze drinking ways gained me serious respect; but that is a story for another time ;)
A few years ago I decided that I would go through life having the most fun ever. A most difficult quest for a highly emotional individual who thrives at wallowing in self pity and despair.
Warning: this kind of attitude will attract people towards you and cause you to have many friends. People like being around people who bring party and laughter everywhere they go. People are less inclined towards those who are always negative, tired and complain about everything going badly in life.
Whether you are doing it because you just got dumped or because you want to switch it up, here are some key tips on most-fun-ever-having.
Please be warned that having the most fun ever will result in fun!!!
We are living in a pretty cool era when anyone can achieve pretty much anything they desire. Technology makes communication between continents incredibly easy, people travel around, change countries and stay mobile. This has spawned a whole new slew of professions and professional wanna-be’s. For the majority of the year, the Hussy resides in one of Europe’s most creative, spontaneous, fun, artistic yet cheapest capitals. This is a bag of fun. Except… for a lot of the other people it attracts. The Modern Hussy is a Young Urban Professional who loves to slum it and hussles on a daily basis. Here is an example to help you understand: I enjoy drinking fancy champagne- maintain a professional lifestyle which allows me to purchase it by the carton, but then am totally down with chugging it on the curb.
But let’s get back to this week’s topic. As I mentioned, this traveling around lifestyle has taken professionals out of the office and into the café, out of the suit and into limited edition Japo sneakers, establishing a ‘creative class’ (as so aptly coined by the awesome author Richard Florida- look him up!). However, not everyone IS nor SHOULD be part of the creative class. Yes, I know it is super trendy and all the kids are doing it. However… some of us… just aren’t that creative. Here come two self appointed professions which the Hussy despises the most (there are others, I just needed to focus)-
Why can’t people just be happy telling it like it is: ‘I am a desk job sitting accountant, it is boring as f%$k, but the benefits package is AWESOME.. and… I really dig numbers!’
Additionally, if you are a graphic designer and you just happened to put one of your logos on an object this does NOT make you an industrial designer / if you have a vimeo account, you are NOT a documentary maker / and just because you selected tracks off a cd at your friend’s bar one time you are NOT a dj.
On a slightly different note, dear readers, the Hussy needs your stories. Please send me one liners of ‘deal breakers’ from your objects of interest. you know… things you thought you could ignore because you really wanted to get into their pants, but later realized that you should have listened to your instincts!