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Hang out with your colleagues after work
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I am an extrovert and I absolutely hate hanging out with co-workers after work. Thank you but I have a life of my own, and I can still be social without that aspect. I personally think work relationships that extend beyond the normal work day are more toxic than beneficial especially when you add alcohol to the mix.
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Honestly, I really enjoy it. We all get along really well. I moved to this city to take this job and due to the time spent writing or studying, I don't get out much to meet new people. So I'm fine hanging out with coworkers.
Well, we have a sizable portion of our audit department who thinks that it is important to hang out after work. The way I see it is I am in a new city with the majority of my friends from outside of the job being at least an hour away. I like the people and it serves so many different purposes. The way I see it, if you aren't friends with your coworkers this job would be impossible.
You can be friendly with your manager or someone who you manage but in such a situation, I would say you need to be careful about how your friendship affects your professional relationship and how it may be perceived by co-workers. If you’re regularly getting together outside work or sharing inside jokes, co-workers will worry that there’s favouritism at play no matter how equitable things actually are
You have to share some personal information to make friends, but my only concern about spending time with colleagues after work is the risk of oversharing and then having to face those people at work every day … that can get a bit awkward.
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I love catching up with colleagues after hours because it gives me further insight into my colleagues’ personalities and in turn, that allows me to work better with them because I understand their reasoning and motivations
It is common in some companies to encourage outside social events, but then everything just seems so forced and it’s not genuine so it’s not really my thing.
Friendships aren’t always smooth sailing and disagreements happen, I worry that being all buddy-buddy with colleagues could lead to personal disagreements and friendships interfering with work. Colleagues should remain as just colleagues.
It’s normal to want friends at work—and it’s actually crucial to career success. You spend most of your time at work, so when you don’t like the people you work with, it makes getting through the day a lot harder.
Never. I basically live at work, I don't wanna see anything work-related once I leave
I would say it also depends on the type of job/environment. My first job, I was by far the youngest, and our team rarely hung out outside of work except when we were traveling.
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Being friends with work colleagues can be tricky. Being friends would mean that you are choosing to spend time with them outside of your normal work day. The Violet Fog reports that on average we spend about 90,000 hours with our colleagues, which is more time with them than with our partners
Besides the obvious positives like having a support structure, or someone to confide in at work, blurred boundaries between the work role and the friendship role can be the biggest problem, because friendships can cause distractions, anxieties, and diminished work performance, and if a close relationship comes to an end, the wheels can literally fall off. It just becomes awkward.
If you are a boss whose staff seem to cower in your presence, being out of the office could be just the solution to break the ice. Seeing you chatty with your tie loosened will help break down the boundaries and your staff may end up that much more relaxed around you back in office. After all, being comfortable helps people be more efficient and effective.
I must be honest, for me, I only spend five hours at the office. While I have a good working relationship and have fun with many of my colleagues, I choose not to hang out with anyone from work after hours.
I'll pass. A bit too close for comfort