This week I had the opportunity to attend a holiday party. As I mingled and chatted, I noticed that no one was talking about work. I heard conversations about life, family, fun experiences, and funny stories. After the party, a group of us went to dinner, where we learned more about each other and our significant others.
The party was wildly successful. I watched people enhance existing work relationships, making them deeper and more personal. And I watched people establish new relationships with others they didn’t know they had things in common with.
My takeaway is that I’m a fan of holiday parties. It’s a great time for people to connect outside work and build deeper relationships based on who they are, not the work they do.