November 12, 2009 // Franchising.com // McLEAN, VA – It's the morning after your office holiday party and you're wishing you could take back that regrettable conversation you had with your boss. Or perhaps your karaoke rendition of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n Roll" caused a few raised eyebrows among your colleagues. No matter the scenario, Embassy Suites Hotels invites consumers to share the one thing they most regret saying to a manager, boss or colleague at a past office holiday party for the chance to win a party re-do courtesy of Embassy Suites Hotels, at the same time arming them with the tips and guidance needed to avoid crashing and burning at this year's yuletide corporate gathering.
To enter the contest, consumers are invited to visit BusinessBalance.com /holidaycontest between November 11 and December 4, and describe their own office party slip-ups in 300 words or less. A panel of Embassy Suites judges will review all submissions and deem three conversations the most cringe-worthy, based on key characteristics like perceived potential for career damage, awkwardness of the regrettable experience, and humor. The winning entries will be announced on or around December 8, and the three grand prize winners will receive a complimentary holiday party for his or her office at a local Embassy Suites property – this time without the embarrassment. * Contest site visitors will also have access to handy downloadable tip sheets containing tricks of the trade – a holy grail of office holiday party dos and don'ts, as well as advice on navigating conversations with bosses, co-workers and fellow office party guests.
Office holiday parties are a commonly shared experience for most of today's workforce. Love 'em or hate 'em – they are an annual occurrence in the lives of today's professionals that can produce humorous (and often embarrassing) anecdotes in the process. "Embassy Suites is a friend to working professionals, and loves to hear about their amusing experiences – especially concerning a topic as anecdotally rich as office holiday parties," said John Lee, VP of Brand Marketing for Embassy Suites Hotels. "Mixing and mingling with managers doesn't need to end in conversational disaster if you follow some basic guidelines, like those available on BusinessBalance.com."
To further assist working professionals, Embassy Suites provides a plethora of office holiday party tools available on BusinessBalance.com -- a web site loaded with tips, tools and resources to help all business travelers find balance on and off the road. On the site, visitors can access advice and tips about what not to say at your holiday office party, as well as tips on overall proper etiquette, conversation starters and potential "saves" if you get in deep water. In addition, the site has available a "Holiday Office Party Toolkit" complete with downloadable office party materials, such as office paraphernalia-shaped ornaments, snowflake patterns, printable mistletoe, and customizable buttons/nametags to wear at your office party and forward to colleagues, families and friends online.
Founded in 1984, Embassy Suites Hotels defines the upscale, all-suite segment and today has 201 hotels, with an additional 51 in the pipeline. With spacious two-room suites, engaging team members and an inviting atrium environment, guests are allowed to put their feet up and feel right at home.
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