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Setting Work/Life Boundaries 
30th-Sep-2010 07:20 pm
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.)

A little
Very little
Not at all
Something else (what?)

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

Something else (what?)

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

Very good
Pretty good
I'm not sure
Not good
Something else (what?)
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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