No,only in work social engagements, such as the company Christmas party or work lunches/dinners when the boss makes it clear we're "encouraged" to attend.
It's not that I don't *like* the people I work with, because for the most part I do. I just don't feel that I have much in common with them outside of work, and so I feel socially awkward and a little anxious and/or isolated during those gatherings. it doesn't help that my current company is a family business, so about 50% of the employees are blood-related. Sometimes, I feel like I'm intruding on a private family function - though they don't deliberately act that way.
I also act differently at work, so I feel like I have to maintain that certain demeanor at those gatherings and it gets tiring.
at 1:06 PM on Jan. 27, 2011