Bonding beyond Work

One can enjoy chatting with colleagues at office or at café. Employees with their colleagues go for dinners or drinks where they converse on a personal level. As long as one don’t end up talking about office, socializing with colleagues is perfectly fine.

Many persons socializing with colleagues are restricted to company retreats or outings, but attending those is mandatory. Not many professionals prefer to hangout with colleagues post-work; some are plain uncomfortable, while others cite lack of time and energy as an excuse. Married professionals may prefer to devote that time to their spouses or children.

The idea of socializing with colleagues may differ from one management level to another. While senior executives and head honchos prefer to completely stay away from anything related to work on weekends, young trainees don’t mind hanging out in groups even after office hours.

On the other and, middle age executives like to socialize, as it helps them build contacts which come in handy. Younger executive may have more time to socialize and they aren’t bogged down by external responsibility.

Many youngsters come from different cities to work in a particular organization. Needless to say, they don’t have any friends in the city to chill out with. They bond easily with their colleagues who come from similar backgrounds.

They enjoy going to discs, cafes, movies or restaurants. Interacting in an informal atmosphere is much easier and it improves their equation at office.

The reason for informal mingling is to build strong interpersonal relationships. Socializing with colleagues paves the way for happier working environments. It builds strong interpersonal relationships which are more helpful towards one another, which in turn boosts productivity.

When one knows that he or she can have a good time even with colleagues, then the person eagerly looks forward to work. Having friends at work also reduces the stress and monotony.

To create a better image, some teams like to plan excursions, dinners or short trips every now and then. They may consider a colleague as a non team player if he or she refuses to attend any of these impromptu social outings. This can also alienate the individual from colleagues and make him/her unhappy.

One can meet a lot of people from his or her department/organization or other firms at social events or semi-formal gatherings. Thus, it provides an informal platform to network and build relationships. Since, the employee is in an informal atmosphere he or she can interact more freely with seniors or peers, who may provide advice or other opportunities.

Socializing needn’t be restricted to colleagues only. Even hanging out with seniors or fellow industry professionals has benefits.

To catch up on workplace gossip: While mingling with colleagues at restaurants, clubs or pubs, one can get to hear all the latest gossip around the organization. Information can even be extracted which can be useful without coming across as nosey or gossipy.

Socializing allows one to flaunt his or her skills or talents in an informal manner which builds up a positive image. It increases an individual’s visibility and thereby his/her marketability in the organization.

Many professionals head out to booze together in the name of socializing. As a result, people end up boozing excessively, which affects their health and productivity in the long run. This is called the ‘after work drinks tragic’ (AWDT) syndrome. For those who work with strict deadlines, this can be disastrous, as after a point of time alcohol becomes the only way to let off steam. Less time for family: People end up spending lesser and lesser time with their family members. This makes a dent in personal relationships and can cause guilt feelings.
Less time for family: People end up spending lesser and lesser time with their family members. This makes a dent in personal relationships and can cause guilt feelings.

Even while chilling out, professionals end up talking about work. This lessens the switch off time for the person and prevents him from unwinding completely.