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    Hey peeps

    Just as a general topic; when working somewhere new

    Is it better to keep your ears, eyes open and your mouth shut to avoid getting sucked into ‘work gossip’…

    Or to be the type to ask lots of questions? Go out with staff in the early days?

    I’ve always thought its best not to be too friendly in the beginning….

    Any views?
    Lazy Lady...
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    Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

    When I was a young lad in a large pharmacy with 36 nubile young ladies I was warned severely about never forming any relationship with anyone at work or in daily contact. Consequently, I never went out with any of the girls at uni and kept my private life completely separate. easily done as I was living at home and commuting up to London daily.

    However, I have noticed the enviable lifestyle when both husband and wife are pharmacists and sometimes wonder if I should have realised that when a girl asked me to take her sailing she had something quite different on her mind. We were very innocent in the early 50s.
    johnep

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    • #3
      Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

      Originally posted by Lazy Nite View Post
      Hey peeps

      Just as a general topic; when working somewhere new

      Is it better to keep your ears, eyes open and your mouth shut to avoid getting sucked into ‘work gossip’…

      Or to be the type to ask lots of questions? Go out with staff in the early days?

      I’ve always thought its best not to be too friendly in the beginning….

      Any views?
      just remember lazy - these are people you'll see more than your family and loved ones! It does no harm to keep a professional distance BUT i've always found it far more enjoyable to be 'one of the gang' and go on nights out, outings etc.
      “It's not worth doing something unless you were doing something that someone, somewhere, would much rather you weren't doing.”

      Terry Pratchett

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      • #4
        Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

        Originally posted by Sir_Dispensalot View Post
        just remember lazy - these are people you'll see more than your family and loved ones! It does no harm to keep a professional distance BUT i've always found it far more enjoyable to be 'one of the gang' and go on nights out, outings etc.
        Go on the nights out but don't get pulled into the gossip as there will come a time when you have to make a decision about a staffing matter. Generally talk about holidays and interests outside work. Avoid the 'and then she said xyz, then I said abc' type of conversation. Easy to slip into though.
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        • #5
          Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

          Originally posted by johnep View Post
          and sometimes wonder if I should have realised that when a girl asked me to take her sailing she had something quite different on her mind. We were very innocent in the early 50s.
          johnep
          ... do you think you could be Matt Crawford's birth-father?
          ....just my opinion

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          • #6
            Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

            Well, you might have been mate, but on Canvey Island things were different.

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            • #7
              Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

              Sorry, who is Matt Crawford? Had some good times around Canvey on a dinghy in the 50s. also a very good friend at Uni was from canvey, had gingerish hair at the time. saw him last year at a reunion and chewed over the old days and what we had done with our lives.
              johnep

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              • #8
                Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

                Thank you so much for your replies

                I totally agree – it’s important to go out with your work mates to get to know them better….but I’ve already started to hear ‘background gossip’ ….’she did this’, ‘she’s evil’…blah blah blah

                During my pre-reg yr; I was told off for asking questions.
                Lazy Lady...
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                • #9
                  Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

                  Yeah that sounds about right Lazy..happens everywhere. Just get on with what you do and ignore it..unless you like that type of thing and join in! Also..you may not believe this, but blokes are worse when we get going..FACT!
                  Don't Stop Believing

                  http://youtube.com/watch?v=rnT7nYbCSvM

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                  • #10
                    Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

                    Really??!! I always thought men were easier to get along with…personal experience.

                    It’s just that you always hear lots of problems between the mother-in-law and daughter, but never with the men.
                    Lazy Lady...
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                    • #11
                      Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

                      It happens..we just don't shout about it..(very often).
                      Don't Stop Believing

                      http://youtube.com/watch?v=rnT7nYbCSvM

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                        Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

                        Originally posted by Lazy Nite View Post
                        Really??!! I always thought men were easier to get along with…personal experience.

                        It’s just that you always hear lots of problems between the mother-in-law and daughter, but never with the men.
                        You've never heard a man complain about his mother-in-law?

                        Jeff

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                        • #13
                          Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

                          Jeff

                          Of course I have – Ok, I should have said ‘Men also do, but I still think women do it more’.

                          It’s a hard life…who do I trust now?

                          Lazy Lady...
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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by Lazy Nite View Post
                            Jeff

                            It’s a hard life…who do I trust now?

                            Queen

                            YouTube - QUEEN-It's A Hard Life

                            Jeff

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                              Re: Socialising at Work - How far would you go?

                              Originally posted by johnep View Post
                              Sorry, who is Matt Crawford? johnep
                              Obviously you're not an Archers fan
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