So, I’m still at the job I’ve been blogging about over the past few weeks and I still have mixed feelings about everything. But, lately, they’ve been promoting their annual after work Halloween party. There will be drinks, fun, and a costume contest. Sounds fun, right????
Yah, definitely not my thing.
Definitely, definitely. not. my thing.
So, how did I get out of it?
Well, first of all, I’ve never enjoyed work parties. Especially when alcohol is involved. (Loose lips, sink ships?) And second of all, I’ve not felt entirely welcome at this new place. Plus, this isn’t the very first time I’ve tried thinking up reasons to avoid work related social functions.
And you know what I said?
The truth. A manager running the party emailed me about why I wasn’t going, and I just said one simple thing: “I’m sorry to miss it, but to be honest, I’m just not comfortable with these types of things.” I didn’t make up a silly excuse that I don’t really have. I won’t be sick that night. And I didn’t have any pre-made plans.
I’m just not comfortable.
And it felt damn good to just be honest like that.
Well, it holds up well enough on email, anyway. I’ll let you know how my “in-person” confronters respond to my honesty.
How do you handle work functions? Do you enjoy them? Or are you like me and squirm at the idea of spending that much time with your coworkers?