Exclusive Entertaining: Inviting colleagues to nonoffice events

by epi on September 14, 2011

Q: My office has just six people besides myself.  Is it appropriate to invite only the four I’m “friendly” with to a Sunday barbecue, and not the two with whom I maintain an “all business” relationship?  Or should I just suck it up and invite everyone?

A: Just don’t diss the uninvited.  When inviting a select few co-workers, do it discretely and away from the office (try calling them in the evening) to make it clear this is a “nonoffice” event.  Also, be careful not to rant and rave the next day in front of the uninvited about what a great time you all had.  Finally, try varying your routine: Socializing with pals is fine, but consider holding get-togethers every now and then where everyone in the office is invited.

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