In order to genuinely get to know some of my colleagues, I like to spend time each month socializing with some of my workmates outside of our office.
Why I prefer to socialise outside the office after work:
1. I have been able to discover brand new sides to my colleagues’ personalities
By making an effort to socialize with some of my colleagues outside of the office, I’ve discovered brand new sides to some of my colleagues. Many of whom have become close friends as well as teammates.
As an example, I have discovered that some of my teammates who come across as being rather serious during office hours are extroverted and the life of the party at office socials such as our annual Christmas party.
As a result, I’ve ended up finding that I have far more in common with some individuals than I first suspected, during regular work hours.
2. I find that my stress levels decrease by going out for lunch with my work friends
While some of my colleagues choose to eat lunch at their work desk, I find that I’m far less stressed when I take the time to socialize outside of the office, at lunchtime. Besides, no one likes to be stuck in the same space, it is important to get up and move. On most days I’ll go to a nearby cafe with a few of my colleagues, where we can enjoy barista-brewed coffee, fresh food, and great conversation.
Better yet, I’ve discovered that when I go out for lunch in an effort to socialize, the conversations I have with my teammates are more personal and involve our favorite TV shows, our families and our hobbies, instead of revolving around our work our jobs and office drama. The benefit of making friends is that it makes work a lot more enjoyable as we have connections and friendships when we go back to the office. We also work together better as a team which leads to better success and new beginnings like finding new work spaces through companies like, Pall Mall Estates.
3. I find that it’s more productive to work with friends than with strangers
I find that it’s far easier to be productive at work if I have friends on hand who I can ask for assistance when I have a lot of work on my plate. Especially in scenarios where my friends have the appropriate skills to help me with my current projects or tasks.
As if I didn’t make an effort to socialize with my colleagues outside of our office, we would reasonably be far less willing to help each other with our projects. As it’s human nature to be more willing to help our friends over our acquaintances.
4. Socializing with work friends on the weekend ensures that I stay active
Instead of spending my weekends sleeping in and binge-watching Netflix, as I make regular weekly plans to hang out with my work friends, I ensure that I remain active on the weekends. As an example, I often go hiking in the weekends with a small group of friends from my office.
5. The working week feels a lot shorter when you have social events to look forward to
I find that it’s far easier to get through my working week when I have events in the evenings and weekends to look forward to.
So if you’re tossing up whether or not it’s worth socializing with your colleagues, the answer should be simple!