4 things that won’t be good for your career during the holidays

The holidays are in full swing, and people are getting ready to relax during some much-needed time off from work. Here’s what you shouldn’t be doing when it comes to your career this season.

Acting inappropriately at your company’s holiday party

Just don’t. Given the current social climate, you’ll need to take extra caution with your behavior.

But don’t get me wrong: Even if this Weinstein era hadn’t happened, you would never, ever have permission to make any of your colleagues feel uncomfortable — anywhere.

So apply this mindset to how much alcohol you have with professional peers: As Ask a Manager blog author Alison Green points out in U.S. News & World Report, “getting drunk at the holiday party” is never a good idea.

“Office parties can feel like social functions, but they’re still work events. That means that the same rules you’d follow for other work events apply here, including that you shouldn’t drink to excess. Lowering your inhibitions around colleagues – especially to the point that you can’t judge whether you’re annoying or harassing people – is a good way to end up harming your professional reputation,” she writes.

Yes, the alcohol may be flowing, but you shouldn’t act like a funnel for it in front of your boss. Plus, from the looks of it, it seems like employers agree: More are cutting back on the alcohol at holiday parties this year.

Going along with a job you hate because it’s the end of the year

It might be December, but you don’t have to push off your job search until 2018.

With people waiting to get a new job in the new year, now might be the time to strike while the iron is hot, and go into January feeling strong.

Completely zoning out at work…

We know that American workers don’t always feel engaged in the office, but if you’re in that group, you should at least try to make an effort.

If you work in a high-pressure, fast environment, you probably won’t want your boss catching you daydreaming about your approaching holiday plans too many times.

That being said, you can use science to plan the best vacation ever — just on your own time.

…or being hyperconnected on your holidays off

Since Christmas falls on a Monday this year, you probably aren’t one of the lucky people who have the day afterward off — so you should savor every free moment you get.

Get a head start on your digital detox by setting aside at least six hours for it to work. After all, you won’t want to look back on your free time during this festive season and only remember being glued to your phone.

Use your time with family and friends wisely.