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Old 05-19-09, 05:42 PM   #1
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who likes parties and special occasions at work?

I like my job, my workmates, and my boss. I've gotten on well at other places that I've worked too. But I've never been a fan of parties commemorating b'days, holidays, and other events. I figure if I feel that if there's a need for this sort of thing, it should be done off work hours. There's nothing lamer than a party that's shoehorned into a brief time and you can't actually do anything fun. Plus, I like to actually get the work done.

Am I the only grump out there?
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Old 05-19-09, 05:46 PM   #2
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Mmmm, anything to get off work...

Just kidding. We have a monthly potluck for tutors and students at work, and everybody likes it, even if it cuts into studying time. Food is good.
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I'm a remote employee so I don't have to deal with any of that stuff. They do a monthly birthday cake for everyone in their respective office buildings. My name has been on the October cake for 3 years running now and on 3 anniversary cakes. Fortunately I'm not a cake person as I have yet to have a bite of any of those cakes. I usually get about a dozen smartass emails with pictures of my name on the cake from what I consider the brain trust at my office. And to answer the topic question, if it's an activity during working hours, I it's boring and a waste of time.
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If you don't like the internal office parties, then by all means stay at your desk and don't ruin it for everyone else.

I am the potluck instigator at my workplace. There are always plenty of people bringing food, and lots of moochers who don't bring anything but hang around and talk so they can eat the leftovers.
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Old 05-19-09, 10:04 PM   #5
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I love to do parties at work in the break room, away from the loading dock. But sometimes they are in the warehouse and I can't stand eating around loud machinery and pallets of product, sitting on crates and stuff, trying to talk, merchants and vendors coming in needing things signed and pulled off of trucks. I feel guilty not working and seeing work stoppage if even for a few minutes.
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Old 05-19-09, 10:29 PM   #6
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I love to do parties at work in the break room, away from the loading dock. But sometimes they are in the warehouse and I can't stand eating around loud machinery and pallets of product, sitting on crates and stuff, trying to talk, merchants and vendors coming in needing things signed and pulled off of trucks. I feel guilty not working and seeing work stoppage if even for a few minutes.
Our maintenance people periodically have BBQs. They put barriers, last week they used robellinis in 10 gallon containers, in their yard and set up tables behind them. Some of them will show up a couple hours early and start cooking. It's pretty impressive. They invite everyone in the department and make a point to save leftovers for the night shift.
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I'm a grump, too. There are a couple of co-workers with whom I socialize outside the office. The rest of 'em just aren't my types. They're nice folks, but I've no desire to socialize with them.

Now, if we could bring back alcohol in the workplace, things might be different.
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We get the people who complain about socializing at work. I tell them "then simply don't participate" and they look all confused.

Socializing with these people outside of work? No way, no way.
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I like 95% of the people I work with, so having parties at my workplace is cool. However, there is one dirt bag I can't stand the sight of and he always attends the parties. One time, we all pitched in money for a catered meal, and the jerk at three plates of food. Some of us didn't get the meal we paid for because of that loser.

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Actually the one and only company sponsored event that I have attended was a paintball outing in CO. I like all the guys that do the same thing as me so it's nice. I'm amazed that none of us ended up in jail on that trip.
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If you don't like the internal office parties, then by all means stay at your desk and don't ruin it for everyone else.
It's not so simple. You have to be a team player which means that you don't only need to show up, but you need to adjust your attitude and participate like the people who do like it.

I would be happy to socialize with these same people outside of work. I figure that if people won't come unless they get time off work, people aren't interested enough to create a dynamic that would make it worthwhile. For some reason, I make an exception for student workers. I think they'd be nuts to hang out with the likes of us on their free time, so I'm happy to show up to things for them.
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If you don't like the internal office parties, then by all means stay at your desk and don't ruin it for everyone else.
The problem with that is that people often come around to drag you out to the party. They think they are doing you a favor by trying to get you to have fun (!), but then you're forced to be sort of rude to them by insisting that you don't want to go. Or you go to the party to avoid the rudeness, and then you're at a party that you don't want to be at.

I think office parties are kind of ridiculous myself. The worst was one we had recently to say good-bye to a few co-workers who were leaving. Problem was, they were temps who were being let go. So it was like, "You no longer have a job. Let's celebrate!" One of the "temps" that got let go had been with us for two years!

Needless to say, I did not attend. This party was in VERY poor taste. Of course, people want cake, so the event was well attended.
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Eh, we don't have parties here per se. We'll have some potlucks and catered lunches occasionally, but no real parties and definitely no out events. I also work in Engineering, so it's good there's food at these events or we'd have to socialize.
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The worst was one we had recently to say good-bye to a few co-workers who were .... temps who were being let go. So it was like, "You no longer have a job. Let's celebrate!" ...

...This party was in VERY poor taste. Of course, people want cake, so the event was well attended.
Holy carp! It would be one thing to take them out for drinks so they could blow off some steam. But this ain't party material.

BTW, what's the deal with cake? We always have cake and sweet things wherever I go. I have been trained to eat all things, but frankly I dislike sweets. However, since I'm the thin guy, I get force fed these things whereever I go. BTW, do women cyclists get a lot of pressure to eat garbage like that?
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It's usually a special occasion when I work sans pants too.
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Fact: Nobody likes office parties unless there is alcohol provided.
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my office is neither that large or that well organized.
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f colleagues. bake them a dog food cake next time.
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BTW, what's the deal with cake? We always have cake and sweet things wherever I go. I have been trained to eat all things, but frankly I dislike sweets. However, since I'm the thin guy, I get force fed these things whereever I go. BTW, do women cyclists get a lot of pressure to eat garbage like that?
We have cake at company celebration parties quite frequently. If I don't want it I just turn it down. No one forces me to eat it. In fact there is usually some big guy who is more than willing to take the piece I don't want.
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