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3 Times You Should Say Yes To Office Happy Hour

“We’re going out to get some drinks after work, do you want to come?” You think: No, I’ve been here all day and would rather go home and stare at my TV. But instead you say: “Of course!” Sound familiar? The reality is this: What can appear to be just a casual invitation isn’t always so straightforward in the workplace. The truth is that with almost every interaction, you’re being judged, and if you choose to not participate, you risk being labeled as anti-social or not a team player. Oh yes, the joy of office politics! Of course, you know that there are times when you have to play the game if you want to get ahead. It’s why you say yes to happy hour when you just want to go home, and it’s why you agree to help your boss prep for her presentation even though you have a growing to-do list of your own. With that said, you don’t always have to give in. (You also don’t have to work in an office like this, though once you get to a certain size, it’s hard to find one that doesn’t involve some politicking.) Related: How To Tell If You’ll Fit Into A Company Culture Before You Take The Job  These are the times when it’s in your best interest to roll up your sleeves and give in: 1. When You Want to Get Promoted Let’s face it: If you’re looking to get promoted , chances are you’re going to have to play some form of office politics. In this case, it’s not only about your work, but your ability to interact with a variety of people. Earlier in my career, I had a colleague who knew a lot, but had a difficult personality. He had his own qualms with the job, and let’s just say he didn’t lay out the welcome mat for me. During my performance review, my manager mentioned the strained working relationship. She even asked if I would go to him for help if needed. My answer was “No, I’d figure it out myself before I’d do that.” As you might guess, that wasn’t the answer she was looking for. Knowing what I know now, I should’ve played the game and chosen my words better. I could’ve said that I would work with him despite our challenges at times and that I would try to find a common ground so that we can both complete our goals. (Do you see the difference between that and just flat out saying “No, he sucks”?) Am I saying that you should lie to work your way to the top? No.

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3 Times You Should Say Yes To Office Happy Hour

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