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The pandemic made work holiday parties weird. How to navigate yours.

By Danielle Abril

07 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

For some people, holiday work parties have always been a little awkward -- and the pandemic has made them even more so. But don't worry: The Washington Post is on hand with some expert advice.

The holiday season is here, and you're probably planning family get-togethers, doing some gift shopping and maybe preparing for some time off from work. But should your plans include attending your company's holiday party, given that we're still in a pandemic?

Many workers are wondering if work culture shifts caused by the pandemic have impacted what's expected at holiday work parties. Are you required to attend? Exactly how long is long enough? Is it okay to arrive late? Does any of this change if the party is virtual? Does being a fully remote, hybrid or full-time office worker create different dynamics? What about masking?

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