CH：Hi Amy, 我刚刚收到邀请，老板请我们去吃饭。
A：I received one, too.
A：Of course. Aren't you?
A：Why not? It's going to be a nice party at an upscale restaurant.
A：I'm afraid that doesn't matter. Part of the reason for inviting everyone is to build rapport among all of us who work together.
A：Rapport means building relationships between people, establishing trust and mutual understanding.
A：Attendance at the office party is a part of your job. To go or not to go is not a choice. The boss expects you to be there.
A：It better be something important for you to forego the office party and risk offending the boss.
A：Well, CH, did you decide to go to the party?
A：I hate to tell you this, but that would not be acceptable.
A：Unless your invitation says "and guest, " it would be poor etiquette to take someone with you.
A：That's not going to work either. This is a seated dinner party so you have stay the entire time.
A：You must stay until our host, the boss, stands to indicate that dinner is over. Then good manners dictate you don't leave before your thank him for the evening and tell him good-bye.
A：Just a word of caution. If you drink alcoholic beverages, do it in moderation. Some people forget that rule and overdo it. Not only is it embarrassing, you could jeopardize your job.
A：Attendance is required. Read your invitation carefully so you know what the occasion is and if guests are included.
A：That's right. Don't forget to say your good-byes. And go easy on the alcohol.