What is the proper etiquette for partying with coworkers?
Personally, I make all my coworkers sign a waiver before drinking with me. But Heather, aka BiCoastalChickie, has some interesting questions on the subject:
I don't hang out with my co-workers very often, but when I do, I am prompted to ponder the etiquette of partying with them.
In my opinion, you should never get super drunk and ridiculous in front of a co-worker, because other people at work will find out. Everyone loves office gossip.
We had a college student working with us who had to take a couple of days off because she got into a drunken bar fight with an ex-boyfriend. She gained admiration from me for this, but I don't know if any higher-ups felt the same way.
Puking, drunken wardrobe malfunctions and bar fights are not cool in front of co-workers, right? ...
I also wonder what the invite etiquette is.
I went out with a co-worker for his birthday one weekend, and casually mentioned it to another co-worker the next week. It went like this:
Me: yeah, went out for his birthday Saturday
Co: oh, I thought he didn't have any big birthday plans
Me: umm... I think it was last minute, he just invited me Thursday
Co: yeah, I was talking to him about it on Friday
Me (silently, to self): DOH!!!
Meanwhile, it was open knowledge that another co-worker was having a big 50th b-day party for himself, and I wasn't invited, but other people were. Am I that uncool? I even jokingly offered to jump out of the cake.
So, who gets invited? Should all the singles be invited? All the youngin'? Anyone who has a hilarious story about a barfight with their ex? Just one or two people you actually like or can kinda-sorta put up with?
(Sun archive photo of the World's Largest Office Party, an annual charity event at the Hyatt Regency)