"We're going out to get some drinks after work, do you want to come?"
You think: No, I've been here all day and would rather go home and stare at my TV.
But instead you say: "Of course!"
Sound familiar? The reality is this: What can appear to be just a casual invitation isn't always so straightforward in the workplace.
The truth is that with almost every interaction, you're being judged, and if you choose to not participate, you risk being labeled as anti-social or not a team player.
Oh yes, the joy of office politics!
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Of course, you know that there are times when you have to play the game if you want to go ahead. It's why you say yes to happy hour when you just want to go home, and it's why you agree to help your boss prep for her presentation even though you have a growing to-do list of your own.