Will skipping the holiday party at work land you on the boss’s “naughty list”? Not necessarily, according to a new  OfficeTeam survey. More than six in 10 (61 percent) executives whose companies host holiday parties said there’s no unwritten rule requiring employees to attend. But that doesn’t mean staff should miss out on the merriment: Thirty-eight percent of respondents indicated that making an appearance is expected.  

“Although many executives take a casual approach to holiday festivities and aren’t concerned about attendance, some managers pay attention to who shows up,” said Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam.

OfficeTeam offers five tips for making the most of the company holiday party:

1.      Mix it up. Mingle with co-workers outside your usual circle.

2.      Work the room. Try not to monopolize anyone’s time. Shorter chats allow you to meet more people.

3.      Limit shoptalk. Don’t focus on business the whole time. Come with conversation starters in mind, such as people’s holiday plans or New Year’s resolutions.

4.      Don’t be a grinch. Keep your discussions positive and upbeat. No one wants to listen to complaints. Avoid controversial topics such as politics, too.

5.      End on a high note. Show your appreciation to the host and others who worked on the event by thanking them in person or sending an email afterward.