I’ve been working in this company for nearly half a year, and recently a group of colleagues from another department invited me to join them for dinner and drinks after work. Since I don’t interact much with them at work, this would be a good chance for me to get to know them better but I’m worried if they have any ulterior motives. Should I accept?
Recently, I met my friend for lunch and he asked me to help out in his company on a freelance basis (on top of my day job). Having an extra source of income would be nice, but I’m worried about the negative implications of moonlighting. Should I accept his offer?
By Shi Tianyun
Working life has certainly evolved. A recent poll conducted by JobsCentral revealed that three out of five workers would engage in recreational activities with their co-workers after work. This shows how one’s interaction with their colleagues has shifted – it’s no longer limited to nine to five in the office. These days, it’s more than common to find yourself being swept off to after-work drinks by your office peers.
When your colleagues extend yet another dinner invitation, this question might cross your mind: is it good practice or even necessary to socialise with your colleagues in your free time?
As with any relationships, frequent engagements and communication often strengthen the bonds between individuals. Regular bonding sessions out of work, are usually the most effective platforms for co-workers to nurture closer work relationships and teamwork.
Even so, some may argue that the notion of socializing with co-workers should be kept within the time spent at work and that post-office hours should be reserved for private social circles. Undeniably, you and your colleagues do in fact spend just about 8 hours of every work day in the company of one another already.
Do most workers hang out with their colleagues after work and how often do they do so? Based on a poll conducted by JobsCentral from 23rd May to 12th June, 2012, more than three in five workers (64%) would engage in recreational activities with their co-workers after work.