'Tis the season for office holiday parties. Before you just let loose and go wild, you might want to take note of some tips from the "pros" on how to present yourself. According to the semi-official business source, Forbes.com:

Its not fashionable to arrive late. Early on is your chance to mingle with the top brass while the atmosphere is relaxed.

Don't sit in the corner and yak with the people you work with every single day. Branch out and introduce yourself to people in other departments. You never know who could help you move up the ladder.

If alcoholic beverages are served, enjoy a drink or two, not too many. Getting twisted at an event where co-workers and bosses are present may not get you fired, but it may make you the butt of jokes and could have a lasting negative effect.

Don't make the boss look bad. If he's carrying on about something you know more about, keep it to yourself. Remember, he (or she) is still the boss.

What's funny to you may not be funny to someone else. No matter how much the atmosphere loosens up as the evening wears on, there may still be people who take offense. Think before you speak.

Amorous activities are not advised. The office party is a no flirting zone. Even if you think you're just relaxing and being playful with a colleague, your behavior could be construed as sexual harassment.

Refrain from stepping up on a soapbox. Think you could do a better job than the boss? Keep it to yourself.

No venting please. You can assume your colleagues have had as tough a year as you have and that everyone might enjoy a good gripe session. The office party is not the place. This is a professional occasion, so if you have any bad feelings, keep them to yourself.

Have fun -- or at least pretend your're having fun!

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