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7 Tips for Non-Awkward Socializing With Your Co-workers

Socializing with your co-workers in a non-work setting can be tricky (as Elliott Bell proved during a particularly rough karaoke experience). How do you walk the fine line between fun and party-hardy, between colleague and friend?

Lucky for you, we searched far and wide on the web to gather a few tips for having a good time and keeping things SFW at office functions outside the cubicle.

  1. There is in fact a science to how much you should socialize with your co-workers—make sure you don’t overstep. (Forbes)
  2. Not sure whether socializing with your boss outside of work is a good career move? There are several things to consider. (AwesomeTechs)
  3. Ah, and now the big age-old question: Is there any benefit to getting romantically involved with a co-worker? (Business Insider)
  4. Sometimes standing or sitting around can turn an office happy hour into a room of high school cliques; keeping the transitions going is crucial to actual bonding. (Fast Company)
  5. And remember: Happy hours don’t have to just stay in the office. There are plenty of cool ways to bond with co-workers that don’t include awkwardly nursing a gin and tonic in the break room. (Social Driver)
  6. In fact, it turns out that the company that sweats together stays together. (U.S. News)
  7. Above all, there are nine toxic co-workers to avoid, especially during social situations with other colleagues. (For example, who ever likes talking to the office politician?) (Business Know-How)

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