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Jobs and social interaction #5195990 08/25/19 07:52 AM
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Of course we work to make money for things in life but what about social interaction reasons?

Does your job give you lots of social interaction? Do you hang out with co workers?

Currently my main part time job does give me just enough social interaction. I consider myself a loner mostly and don't really socialize with others when not working. It made me think what I will do when I finally stop working.

How about you guys?


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I work alone and don’t need any interaction from ‘coworkers’.

Less problems, stress and drama that way.

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I did *not* socialize for several years on the job, I shut up and did my job, quietly.

Now I go some seniority, I will bring up Trump happenings with Co-workers, but there is a fine limit of subjects you do not cross. You still got to do your job.

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Re: Jobs and social interaction [Re: ZZman] #5196007 08/25/19 08:22 AM
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Social interaction can include customers of course.


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Re: Jobs and social interaction [Re: ZZman] #5196013 08/25/19 08:32 AM
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Originally Posted by ZZman
Of course we work to make money for things in life but what about social interaction reasons?

Does your job give you lots of social interaction? Do you hang out with co workers?

Currently my main part time job does give me just enough social interaction. I consider myself a loner mostly and don't really socialize with others when not working. It made me think what I will do when I finally stop working.

How about you guys?

My job is extremely social.

I do not see or hang out with co-workers outside of work (with the rare exception of having dated 3 co-workers in the span of a decade, all of which ended maturely and resulted in friendships afterwards), and my job is also why I avoid other people/groups/crowds outside of work.


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Re: Jobs and social interaction [Re: ZZman] #5196019 08/25/19 08:40 AM
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Unfortunately, in today's world dealing with co workers (especially opposite sex or different sexual orientations) has become hazardous to one's employment. Best behavior is mandatory it would seem. Difficult times and socializing with co workers would seem to add fuel to any potential fires.

Re: Jobs and social interaction [Re: ZZman] #5196023 08/25/19 08:45 AM
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As a custom business application software developer (process automation and analytics), communication is critical; it is the only thing that counts.
The programming is the easy part.
I tend to develop deep relationships with the people I work with.


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Re: Jobs and social interaction [Re: ZZman] #5196025 08/25/19 08:50 AM
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I've had only one job where my coworkers and I got along well at the job and off the job. In fact, I haven't worked there for over 20 years and we're still good friends.

My current job - nope. It's hard enough to remain civil with some of the people I have to deal with during the day; I can't see any off-the-job interaction ending well.


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Re: Jobs and social interaction [Re: ZZman] #5196093 08/25/19 10:04 AM
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Chemistry is super important, but you have to have things in common or be similar ages.

I started a new job about six weeks ago where the youngest is 28, I am 30 and the other two are 36 and 38. We are millenials and get along great, we all smoke weed and make simpsons references. I'm actually the only one who doesn't grow weed at home, lol. The only time I have had better chemistry at a job is when I was working fast food in university. 3/4 of us are new employees so I guess we are eager to please and be pleased to an extent.

It's really hard/awkward to take a friend you met at school or work and hang out with them outside of that context. It has to happen slowly and organically and it can threaten the relationship you have at work. Sometimes it really is better to keep is casual/professional, although making new friends when you are old is a lot harder than when you are young.


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Re: Jobs and social interaction [Re: ZZman] #5196102 08/25/19 10:25 AM
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We have our little clique at work. We have lunch together and go on the occasional business trip and we socialize outside of work a few times a year. You often spend more time with work people than home people. Might as well make it as pleasant as possible.


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Re: Jobs and social interaction [Re: ZZman] #5196139 08/25/19 11:16 AM
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I work 100% remote and miss the in office social part. I lead a cloud application technical group across North and South America and enjoy the video conferencing but obviously no socialization with them.

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There is just 2 of us at my job. I don't like dealing with customers because I get anxious around strangers and hate stopping what I'm doing to answer the phone. But I do it if my boss can't. Off the clock we don't talk much unless one of us has a problem.


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Re: Jobs and social interaction [Re: ZZman] #5196158 08/25/19 11:33 AM
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And to add. My customers are already having a bad day,their car is broke. Often they already took it somewhere else and got ripped off. Now they take it out on us. My boss handles this with style.

I don't.


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Re: Jobs and social interaction [Re: ZZman] #5196175 08/25/19 12:11 PM
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One of our clients (geographically spread) seems to spend first 5-10 mins of every call socially.

The company who is massive(450k employees) fosters this as a team builder and lets it happen.

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