To attend or avoid the annual company holiday party — that is the question confronting millions of employees as the holiday party season fast approaches.

While the vast majority of workers will revel and mingle with their colleagues, there are distinct schools of thought on employee attendance.

Employees should plan to go, wrote relationship and communication expert Patty Ann Tublin on HuffPost. An employee’s absence will be noticed at the party. Plus, it’s an opportunity to network with co-workers, she added, even if that means having a conversation that is nonwork related.

On the flip side, author Holly Caplan explained that missing the company holiday party doesn’t hold as many consequences as some may think.