The Tightrope

It’s the end of the day, you’re tired, and some colleagues ask you out for a drink.  You’d prefer to go home, but on the other hand, you know socializing is that undefined yet critical element that creates bonding and humanizing of professional relationships. It’s the thing that may actually dampen a heated work moment or create the bond that helps with that promotion, special project, or additional business you’d like to have. Of course, if you go out, you also need to know when to draw the line.  Dinner and drinks and drinks and drinks can lead to a potentially shaky situation. You may easily slip past the point of bonding to that gray state of paranoia in the morning (and, not every office is filled with ‘Mad Men’).
So, how does one walk this delicate tightrope? The simple answer is balance – balance between your work and home life, balance in how much you partake in the work fun, balance in getting to know others without intruding on their private space, etc. The holiday season is a good time to review your business and pleasure balance to make sure the scales are even.  Plus, it’ll be a great way to start out 2009.
Happy holidays to you and your loved ones.
Yours truly,

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy, All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.” 

 Maria Edgeworth

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