If you drank too much spiked eggnog or hot-buttered rum punch at your office holiday party, you're not alone. And you probably won't be too stunned by this news: A survey by job search company TheLadders.com found that drinking too much alcohol ranked as the biggest mistake employees make at office parties (cited by 75% of respondents). The second-biggest mistake (cited by 53% of respondents) is flirting with co-workers, followed by dirty dancing (42%), wearing inappropriate outfits (41%), discussing "hot button" topics (35%), bringing poorly behaved guests (33%) or skipping the party altogether (29%). When asked if they had ever been involved in an embarrassing incident at an office party, 14% of executives admitted they had. Take heart—at least one fact should give you comfort the day after: Probably none of your drunken co-workers will remember your passionate karaoke rendition of Sir Mix-a-Lot's "Baby Got Back."--Kate Maddox
It's a monster ad campaign--literally. Monster, the online career center and recruitment resource, recently launched its 2007 integrated marketing campaign: "Monster Works for Me." The company's message: Monster.com is a trusted adviser and resource that can help people advance their lives at any stage, whether they are currently looking for a job or not, said Vicki Godfrey, VP-advertising and brand strategy at Monster, in a news release. The campaign's first broadcast spot, which debuted in December, features a cross section of workers at different stages in their lives, articulating their perspectives on why they work. One scene depicts a fashion store owner who works to create style; another features an engineer who works for the future. A radio spot, titled "Maybe," will also enumerate myriad motivations as to why people work. The campaign will also have a significant online presence, running on thousands of Web sites, including About.com, Comcast.com, ESPN.com and MSN.com, according to the company. In concert with the new campaign, Monster has launched "The Monster Works Giveaway" online contest. Appearing on monster.com through Feb. 20, the contest encourages people to share why they work. Prizes include $20,000 in cash, a hybrid car and a donation to a favorite charity.