’Tis the season of office holiday parties, an occasion to celebrate, unwind, and get to know your colleagues. Whether your annual festivities tend to be formal or relaxed, it’s important to know one thing: Like any work situation, office holiday parties have a specific set of etiquette rules. Misjudge the situation by drinking one too many cocktails, and that seemingly innocent evening could change the way your colleagues perceive you. Navigate it wisely, and it’s a chance to break down rigid office formalities to get to know those you work with a little better.
Here, we’ve pinpointed the top nine dos and don’ts to ensure you have a blast without becoming the subject of watercooler gossip. Put down your glass, chat with a colleague from a different department, and be the first to partake in the holiday photo booth—this is how successful people navigate a work party, regret-free.