Holiday office parties are often dreaded events, but we think they get a bad rap. Sure, they're awkward sometimes -- but they also promote a positive work environment and encourage happy and healthy work relationships. If you're willing to put yourself out there, your evening could end with a new friend or a great networking opportunity. Attending extracurricular work activities also shows that you're engaged and committed to your company, which could pay off when it's time for your next big review. Here are our tips for navigating holiday office parties:

Brave your company's holiday party armed with these tips, and we're sure you'll have a better time than you thought you would!