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You don't have to stay for the entire office holiday, but you also shouldn't skip it. Here's your office party survival guide.
If making small talk is painfully awkward for you, it might be because you're asking the wrong questions. For example, the question "What do you do?" can be too intimate of a question for some people. A better version of the question is "What keeps you busy?"
Get to know how to master the art of small talk.
A study in 2010 found that small talk was bad for our mental wellbeing, but a follow up from the same team suggests that isn't the case. Small talk isn't as important as deep, meaningful conversation, but it isn't exactly bad either.
Conversation with strangers comes easily for some. For others, it can be terrifying. Small talk is important for making connections and forming both personal and professional relationships. If you're looking to improve your conversation skills, here's how to become a pro at small talk.
Small talk can be awkward and excruciating if it goes on too long. We rounded up the best strategies to take your conversations to the next level.
Making awkward small talk is unavoidable — except at these parties, where the No. 1 rule is that guests aren't allowed to engage in idle chit-chat.
Choose your words wisely.