Save the kisses for your pet. Imagine how your best client would feel meeting you for a business lunch, wearing a beautifully tailored business suit, while you show up wearing jeans and a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” t-shirt! Silly outfits are best left for the kids at Halloween in the “privacy” of your own neighborhood.
No pinching. Idle threats are not funny and can easily put people on guard if you continue to mention squeezing someone’s skin for not wearing a color that makes most people appear sallow.
Skip the beads. Hanging from your rear view mirror or the front of your chest, multiple strands of cheap green beads (with a beer stein hanging from the end) sends the wrong message – unless you are at a seasonal beer fest or celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with your friends after work.
Decorate less. While a few upbeat knick knacks can brighten an office, going overboard with green tinsel and cardboard shamrocks can be a distraction from the professional “feel” of a conservative office space. If you work in a pediatric office, festive and fun décor are a must. However, if you work for a law firm, a blow up leprechaun may not be a welcome guest at the board table.
Cabbage smells. Save your grandma’s famous corned beef and cabbage recipe for dinner. Some people may find the scent of hot steaming cabbage swirling in the office microwave offensive and unappetizing. Be respectful of fellow co-workers and enjoy a less pungent lunch food.
It’s not funny. Refrain from using phrases such as “Top ‘O the Morn’n”, or call the day “St. Pat’s” or “St. Patty’s” Day. There’s no need to abbreviate an already short name, and “Good Morning Jake” is a better choice for a friendly office greeting.
Skip the flag. Wearing the national flag on any part of your body is poor etiquette. This rule also includes table cloths, hair bows, seat cushions and beach towels with a country’s flag boldly displayed.
Tone it down. There’s nothing wrong with wearing green, as long as it looks good on you! An outdated forest green leisure suit is not on the “fashion green list”. Don’t be forced into wearing a green dress, green shoes or green jewelry if you aren’t feeling it.
Drink the green beer. If your entire office is going out for a St. Patrick’s Day Happy Hour, think twice before you decline. Occasionally getting together after work with your peers builds relationships and encourages team work. You don’t have to drink alcohol, just enjoy a quick sip of soda, a glass of “pretty water” (spritzer and fruit), and show your green spirit.
Have fun. With all of the “don’ts” previously mentioned, a festive “do” is to keep your attitude light hearted, be supportive of your co-workers and enjoy your day.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!