Picture this – it’s Friday afternoon and a group of your colleagues are planning on going out for some extra curricular activities after work.  You sit in your cubicle dreading the moment that one of them asks you to join. To go or not to go, that is now the predicament that you find yourself in.

For some, this may be a definitive yes or no answer.

On one hand, you laugh at the idea that it was ever a question whether you’ll be joining the festivities. On the other, you may have already established plans for your long-awaited Friday evening.

Camaraderie within a workforce is often a positive thing.  No one expects their employees to become best friends, but, getting along with each other is something that can go a long way towards a high level of productivity during the work week.   It’s not uncommon for management to organize company retreats or relaxed days of fun to generate higher employee morale.

That being said, this is not company organized event and you are not required to go.   So, do you attend?

For some, this is a simple question: Yes, of course I’m going. But, for others this becomes a task of weighing multiple options.

Will there be alcohol involved? Do I have a family at home? Am I too tired after a long work week?

For those of you who have to write down the pros and cons on a neatly drawn out diagram, you’re not alone.  According to a recent poll conducted by JobsCentral revealed that only three out of five workers would engage in recreational activities with their co-workers after work.

As indicated in the article, pros such as: building chemistry, breaking down barriers and raising your profile all seem to be the main reasons why colleagues like to spend time with one another after work. While cons such as: intrusion into your personal world and the blurring of a professional and social life have hindered individuals from wanting to spend time with those who they share a work life with.

The key is to be open-minded about the opportunity. Individuals should never feel ostracized because they decide that they’d rather pass. In addition, those who are attending shouldn’t feel frustrated or offended when this happens either.

It’s important to remember that a mix of being social with clear cut boundaries is a recipe for success when socializing with your colleagues.

At the end of the day, it’s your choice and your choice alone.


Tyler Blackwell
Community Manager, The Rostie Group
416 214 1840