Any true fan of The Office understands the necessity of a party planning committee. After all, how hum-drum would the workday be without impromptu get-togethers and happy hours?
It’s hard to truly get to know someone from inside your cube or office. It’s those times that we emerge from our everyday that we start to see our coworkers as “real people.” Those team lunches, happy hours and office pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey competitions are what make you feel less like an employee and more like one of the gang.
The past week has reminded me that not only do I respect the folks I work with as colleagues, but they’re downright fun to be around!
If I hadn’t emerged from cubeland, how would I have known…
That Sarah and I share an intense addiction to 24?
That Chip and his wife throw the best UGA tailgates?
That Cory played baseball in college?
That Cindy has an uncanny knack for estimating exactly how much food you’ll need for a party?
That social interaction adds a human aspect to our 9-5. And as communicators, we should be able to say what we mean whether it’s through email, over the phone or over drinks. So grab a burger, grab a beer and in the words of Michael Scott, “Everyone! Conference room! Five minutes!”