Watch Your Behaviour at Company Christmas Parties
TORONTO, Nov. 29 /CNW/ -
For many professionals, company parties are
predictable; but for those in the creative industry,
these festivities can be full of surprises "Company
events are meant to be fun, but employees must
remember their actions are still on display for
coworkers and supervisors to see," said Dave Willmer,
executive director of The Creative Group.
"Inappropriate behaviour can make a lasting negative
impression that's hard to overcome."
Willmer noted that office parties, no matter how
festive, are still business functions. "Any indication
that you lack good judgment is a strike against you
professionally," he said. "Conversely, exhibiting
strong social graces can help position you for a
potential leadership role."
The Creative Group offered
the following tips for making a positive impression at
a holiday party:
- R.S.V.P. promptly. Failing to do so makes an
immediate poor impression.
- Dress the part. Avoid wearing anything that is too
offbeat or revealing. Find out what the dress code is,
and follow it. If you're unsure, check in with tenured
staff who can fill you in.
- Mix it up. Strike up conversations with those
outside of your usual circle. Think beforehand about a
few topics that are of broad interest, such as recent
movies you've seen or people's holiday vacation plans.
- Don't monopolize anyone's time. Most people want to
mingle at parties, so avoid extended conversations,
particularly when talking with managers, who may have
many people they want to chat with during the event.
- Eat a bite beforehand. Avoid coming to the party
with an empty stomach. A pre-party snack will help you
focus your attention on those around you, rather than
the buffet table.
- Limit libations. Don't let alcohol impair your
judgment. It's best not to have more than one or two
cocktails, or avoid drinking alcohol altogether.
- Help your guests be gracious. If you bring a spouse
or partner to the party, be sure to fill him or her in
beforehand on topics to avoid (e.g., the new policy
nobody likes), and introduce your guest to others who
might have common interests.
- End on a high note. Don't be the first or last to
leave, and thank those who organized the event.
Tax Planning Is A
Year-Round Activity - Not Just At April Tax Filing
TORONTO, Dec. 4 /CNW/ -
Most Canadians do not give much thought to reducing
their personal taxes until the early spring when the
deadline to file their return is fast approaching.
Unfortunately, by then, many tax saving opportunities
have been lost. With some careful attention, planning
ahead and developing a tax strategy for the year,
Canadians can save money at tax time and all year
"Tax planning should be an important part of your
efforts to get the most out of your financial
resources," said Paul Woolford, Tax Partner, KPMG's
Enterprise practice. "Though you only have to file
your tax return once a year, it's the tax planning
steps you take throughout the year that will help you
save money at tax time."
Tax Planning considerations
for You and Your Family 2008:
- Creating a sound financial plan for your family's
future and your retirement
- Developing an investment strategy and planning for
investments in tax-effective vehicles like stocks,
bonds, mutual funds, income funds, and life insurance
- Minimizing your tax burden by splitting income among
- Deferring taxes through popular savings vehicles
like RRSPs and Registered Pension Plans
- Making the most of the special tax breaks available
for students, working parents, first-time home buyers,
seniors, and people with disabilities
- Reducing taxes on your income from your job or your
business by making the most of your claims for items
like automobiles, transit passes, moving costs, and
home office expenses
- Structuring your charitable donations, both during
your lifetime and in your will, to help maximize the
value of the gift to the charity and the tax benefits
to you or your estate
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