Now today’s topic is… WORK DRINKS.
Now this is the thing that the majority of the UK (particularly London) do. Its a chance for you to get to know your colleagues in a better way as well as having a good time and a laugh (and the odd bitch about who you don’t like in the office). Some people, like myself are quite partial to a glass of wine and a good old chin wag after work and some people are not as into it as you’d think.
The good thing about going out to drink with work colleagues is of course (as previously stated), getting to know them better. A lot of people change when they are outside of a working environment and they feel like they can be themselves a lot more. They can become more open and your relationships can reach new heights. After all, we all want to get on with who we work with. It makes the days go quicker and people are more willing to help each other when they have a good relationship.
The bad thing about going out for drinks with work colleagues is- the boundaries. Sometimes relationships are misinterpreted and they immediately think that you are now BBF’s and will be over at their house on the weekend. The privacy thing goes out the window, the days of bitching about your office on Facebook will be no more. They want you on all of their social media, they want your number and potentially the skin off your back.
So what do you do?
How do you maintain the boundaries but still go and be social with the team?
I have no idea, I don’t know why you’re looking at me. I went out for mid-week drinks with my team last week and this is the result:
Good luck to you all. I hope you are more successful at keeping the boundaries clear than I am.