|Matthew, I'm with Jen - but more, and with the greatest of respect, don't be so miserable. Of course you are under no obligation to socialise with your workmates, however, when I used to have workmates (before self employment) I used to take the attitude that as I spent so much of my life at work, I might as well enjoy it as much as possible, which meant getting on with, and socialising with the people I worked with. It made work, and hence life, a much better place to be. Also, unless you socialise with them, at least once, then how do you know you don't like them? Indeed, how do you meet new people (face to face, not online) full stop ? I get the impression from your article that your co-workers are almost 'the enemy'. |
So, here is my task for you. Go to the next after work event, get a little tipsy ... no, going my the 'tone'of your article, get drunk, then next morning, assess and see if you enjoyed it, or if it was such a bad thing.
We are humans, who need interaction, not machines :) Just my opinion.
(None of the above should be taken to mean that I like or agree with the nauseous notions of team bonding inflicted on employees by some organisations. Interaction must be voluntary, not governed by a yankee management guru trying to pull strings of their own invention :)