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Do You Feel Forced to Go on Unofficial Company Outings?

Do You Feel Forced to Go on Unofficial Company Outings?

On this week's episode of The Office, Andy guilts his office mates into attending his community theater play — all part of his master plot to woo Erin back into his loving arms. The besotted Broadway star wannabe firmly believes that "women cannot resist a man singing show tunes. It's so powerful even a lot of men cannot resist a man singing show tunes." However, his plan backfires because Jim and Pam turn to Erin, the person Andy desperately wants to attend, to babysit for them so the couple can reluctantly attend the theater production.

Seems like everyone was itching for the play to end but felt like they had to stay to support Andy. Do you ever feel the pressure to attend unofficial office events?

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Spectra Spectra 5 years
Nope, I only go to the ones I want to go to. If there is going to be a social gathering where the people I can't stand are going to be, I won't go. 8 hours a day with some of those people is more than enough for me.
Advah Advah 5 years
Not anymore. I've decided to skip our departmental Christmas lunch this year; the meal+taxi to the restaurant+service will cost about twice my weekly grocery budget, and I'm not willing to start saving now for a meal with people who shout at me whenever they feel like it. I did feel bad saying no to my coworker who's organising the whole thing, but I'm glad I did it. It's always awkward, but they can't really expect admin people to work on the same budget as senior members of staff - especially around Xmas time!
Advah Advah 5 years
Not anymore. I've decided to skip our departmental Christmas lunch this year; the meal+taxi to the restaurant+service will cost about twice my weekly grocery budget, and I'm not willing to start saving now for a meal with people who shout at me whenever they feel like it. I did feel bad saying no to my coworker who's organising the whole thing, but I'm glad I did it. It's always awkward, but they can't really expect admin people to work on the same budget as senior members of staff - especially around Xmas time!
bransugar79 bransugar79 5 years
When I was working I only went to things for people I actually liked outside of work. This happens to my husband ALL the time. The problem is that the events aren't for co-workers; his boss actually makes them do things that have nothing to do with work sometimes during work hours. Everyone in the office is afraid to decline because of the repercussions. The invite to the 60th birthday party for which favors (including fans with his face printed on them) , banners, and a retrospective video of the man's life were all made by employees on company time, was declined. The birthday party for the owner's wife's aunt which the owner and his wife failed to attend due to their trip in Tuscany was unusual. But the clincher was when the owner's mother passed away and everyone in the company was REQUIRED to attend, even though most of them had never met the woman. Don't get me wrong, I completely understand supporting someone during a loss and certainly would never advocate a refusal to attend a memorial service, but I think demanding people attend your mother's funeral not only oversteps professional boundaries, it's just a bit strange. Who wants to memorialize a person near and dear to them with a room full of strangers?
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 5 years
this guy is halarious lol!!! But back to the question...I am not FORCED but I am asked and sometimes I got just cuz I like the person!
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