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?
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?