While many offices have a strict policy about their employees fooling around with each other, there is that one time each year, for a lot of companies, that the rule is overlooked. And that time is the office Christmas party. So, loosen your tie, corner that hottie from HR and get ready to get in the holiday spirit.

When you arrive at the bash, the first thing you need to do is scope out the room to find out where the women are. Make your rounds around the room and politely mingle with everyone. Since women usually mingle in packs, some good places to hang are:

Near or under the mistletoe.

Close to the bar.

The outside smoking area.

Unless you want to end up looking like a creepy stalker, avoid hanging out near the bathroom. Sure, you'll run into a lot of women on their way in and out, but they'll be on to you and you'll just end up looking extremely desperate. Since women have a way of flocking around their friends to keep the losers out, wait until she's by herself to approach her. Once you start talking to her, ask her to dance or go outside to "look at the stars." Although it may be okay to hook up with a coworker at the office Christmas party, there are still some things you need to do to avoid embarrassment once your back in the office on Monday.

  • Don't get so sloshed that you end up dancing naked on the desks singing Deck the Halls. Pictures will be taken and passed around the office, and your humiliation will never end.

  • Don't use the copy machine for a naked photo op. This will only come back to haunt you, unless you have no shame--then copy away.

  • Don't hit on several women at a time or any married coworkers. If you have a small office, then chances are word travels fast. You'll look like a creep, and the whole office will eventually hear about it, which means that your chances of ever hooking up at another office party will be very low.