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Do I Have to be a “Company Person” To Succeed?

December 14, 2012 by Lady Unemployed

This is the question I ask myself as I come home from work after having avoided my office gift exchange (yes, I know I planned on going and even bought a gift, but I chickened out).

Do I have to go to every work function, after work drinks, join a department baseball team, and work unpaid from my remote desktop during my off hours to keep my job or get a promotion?

Maybe so.

Yet, I wonder if all of that is really necessary. Is that kind of devotion expected and even required of us to maintain any kind of respectable footing?

Probably so , but to be honest with you, I’m not sure I can be that person. I do want to go into work and do a good job. I want to learn about the field I work in and advance within the company. I want to have a good rapport with the people I interact with and own up to and learn from my mistakes when I make them. I will respect my employers, my coworkers, companies I interact with, the company I represent and their clients.

But I can’t promise the other stuff. I can’t play in a baseball team because I think it will reduce my chances of getting laid off.

And in my experience, it wouldn’t make a difference. At the company I did get laid off from this year, I wasn’t a company person necessarily, but other people were and they did get laid off. One employee was even best friend’s with the owner’s daughter and she got laid off a month after me.

What do you think? Are you a company person? Do you think being a “company person” makes a difference at work? Why or why not?


  1. Martina says:

    Being a company person is important to the company you work for; at least to most companies. So we must follow the guidelines and at least act like a company person when we are on “their” time.

    I think the answer to whether it matters to you or not comes down to your own values and definition of success. Is success getting further up the ladder in the organization you work in? Is it getting better training so you can go work for someone else? Is it keeping a day job to pay the bills while you build up something of your own on the side?

    • Very true. I think you’re right. I think though, and this may be the part I’m not willing to admit yet, is whether or not this is just a day job to me. I’m not sure I fit in enough to put my “self” into this company. I would like to, but too often I worry I haven’t received the open welcome to do that. Your comment did make me think, though, and thank you for that!

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