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Setting Work/Life Boundaries 
30th-Sep-2010 07:20 pm
Smithers
Poll #1626117 Work friends

How much do you socialize with people that you work with? (If you work at home, or are a full-time student, substitute fellow students, or people you meet because of your kids, etc.)

Lots
14(16.9%)
A little
24(28.9%)
Very little
34(41.0%)
Not at all
8(9.6%)
Something else (what?)
3(3.6%)

Of your five best friends, how many do you work with (or have you worked with)?

5
3(3.6%)
4
6(7.1%)
3
4(4.8%)
2
11(13.1%)
1
23(27.4%)
0
32(38.1%)
Something else (what?)
5(6.0%)

How good are you at setting boundaries between your work life and your home life?

Very good
28(33.3%)
Pretty good
33(39.3%)
I'm not sure
15(17.9%)
Not good
3(3.6%)
Horrible
3(3.6%)
Something else (what?)
2(2.4%)
Comments 
1st-Oct-2010 03:44 am (UTC)
I've erected far more stringent boundaries between my personal and professional life since the days when I used to work in a family business, where there wasn't even the possibility of such a barrier. It was considered normal for Thanksgiving dinner to become like a staff meeting, or for family drama to continue during the work day. What a relief, now, to leave my family at home and my work at the office!
1st-Oct-2010 12:21 pm (UTC)
Oh what a headache... I'm glad you're done with that!
1st-Oct-2010 03:47 am (UTC)
Don't have a job.
1st-Oct-2010 03:51 am (UTC)
I don't work because I'm disabled.
1st-Oct-2010 03:52 am (UTC)
This has been a hard thing to figure out. I've spent time outside of work with one of my coworkers, and some people find friends and lovers at work. I work with very nice people. But some people and articles also say you must not befriend your coworkers because they'll take sensitive information about you and run with it, so I still try to be careful about trusting anyone. It probably depends on where you work and whether there is a cutthroat atmosphere. It's hard to find a middle ground.
1st-Oct-2010 08:20 am (UTC)
I socialize with 'em at work, but we never hang out outside that.
1st-Oct-2010 09:19 am (UTC)
For the paid work I do, I am a personal assistant to a disabled person who is a friend of mine. We socialise together outside of work, plus we are both part of the bisexual scene in London which is fairly small.

The voluntary work I do is *very* social. I run bi coffee london. I socialise with people I meet there (though I am careful not to hit on too many people, because that would be icky).

Half of my life is centred around the bi scene, but it's mostly not 'work'.
1st-Oct-2010 04:22 pm (UTC)
I met both my husband and a close friend at the place I used to work at but no days I don't socalize with the people I work with at all because I'm really not a socal person.
2nd-Oct-2010 12:20 am (UTC)
I just started a new job a week ago so haven't really made friends yet. I generally don't like to socialize with coworkers though.
2nd-Oct-2010 08:57 am (UTC)
The girls at work organise a night out once every few months or so, and I pretty much always go.

I have a 'best friend' at work, and we are close in that we talk about all our problems together and we socialise more out of work than I do with the other girls (but still not on a very regular basis) - but I would not count her in my 'five best friends' because I've had the same set of best friends since I was 11/12.
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