Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Forced Socialization

One of my biggest pet peeves in the workplace is that of forced socialization among co-workers (epitomized here).  

A good example is today, where my office provided lunch for everyone and everyone waits in line chatting about mostly stupid things related to work and eventually once you get your food you are free to do whatever you like, either eat with others or go back to cubicle and eat alone.

Somehow this is supposed instill a little camaraderie among co-workers.  Eating is so ingrained in our culture that I guess it makes sense for events to be organized around food.  I want to be able to choose who I eat with, not forced to stand in line and stand awkwardly around with others that I don't really know and/or like.

I've gotten to the point where I don't even want to take part in the free food.  I'd rather wait until everyone has eaten and returned chained to their desks so I can see if there is anything left and then not have to talk to anyone or act grateful for the food that was provided.  I'd rather eat something brought anyway.

Sound bitter?  Well, I probably am.  And I'm not feeling well, so I'm grouchy.  I've had about all I can stand of cliche showing of thanks in the work place. 

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