We spend most of our time at the office working with a group of people that we have forged strong alliances with through the sheer battle of the daily work that binds us through the shared suffering, joys, and successes that forms our working relationships, These are the people that we are proud to call our co-workers that have become more like friends and family to us. This type of relationship is very good for developing the organizational culture that helps develop better collaboration and productivity towards the success of the company. We often forget that these types of working relationships need to be somehow separated from the friendships and family that we have in our personal lives. There is no better example then one our favorite work past times, the “happy hour”.

Our favorite past-time
Happy hour is finally here and it is time to hang out after work. We can put all those reports away and the customer can wait one more day to get their response. This is the time that we carve in the day for ourselves. The happy hour is a time-honored tradition in which workers unite after hours at their favorite local restaurant and let their stress out by having a few drinks. This is tradition that goes back since we were probably cavemen carrying spears as we hunted our prey and celebrated our victory at the local cave-tavern. The only difference is that you can fast forward a couple of thousand of years and we are a sophisticated society that is no longer worried about where to find our next dinosaur burger. We sure would like to order a Brontosaurus burger that you would see on the Flintstones at your local pub and wash that down with a couple of cold brews.

When happy hour turns into sad hour
The happy hour can cause some problems for you with your co-workers if you are not careful. Despite your working relationships with these people, you have to see them Monday through Friday from the hours of 9:00 to 5:00. There are certain work ethics that need to guide your behavior when you spend time with co-workers after hours. If you do not follow certain behaviors to help guide your action then headaches can occur for you. These problems can easily turn an enjoyable evening, to some what of a stressful event that you may need to hire a public relations firm to get you out of some hot water.

Let the office gossip begin
When you say something that you are not supposed to say or do some type of action that you may regret later in front of your work peers then this can lead to office gossip the next day. These types of social interactions and negative talk about you do not help you one bit at the office. This is why you need to always manage what you say and how you act in front of your co-workers. You want to do your best to minimize the office gossip and problems that may occur that is based on non-work performance issues.

Do not make the same mistake again
You want to make sure that you are able to learn from your mistakes and do not repeat them at the next happy hour event that you attend. The office gossip that you may get from a happy hour mishap usually goes away and people will find something new to concentrate their energies on. Enjoy your happy hour because you deserve it.

Author's Bio: 

Mr. Singh is an MBA that has been involved in leading, motivating, strategizing, and developing people to better perform their jobs to support the mission objectives of their organization. Mr. Singh has lead several major project implementations and is currently leading an enterprise architecture department in a leading consulting corporation. Mr. Singh is a contributor for The Career Advisor which can be found on the web at http://careeradvisor123.com