Company Christmas Party
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|Fri, 12-05-2008 - 9:05pm|
I've posted here before but it's been a while...
I have a little dilemma, and I feel a little pathetic about it! I started working at a hospital at the end of July of this year. I worked in a department where all the girls ate together so I just ate with them and never bothered trying out the cafeteria. It was only a one month replacement so then I was placed in another department where there are only 3 other people. They would usually just leave at lunch and eat in the cafeteria and never invited me. I usually ate alone in the conference room or at my desk and my boss recently started eating with me on occasion. Long story short, I don't know that many people where I work. I see a few different people from time to time and I talk to them but I have always found it difficult to go from mere acquaintance to an actual friend since I am a rather shy person. I will talk and make conversation but since I work virtually alone, I haven't met that many people, or I should say, it's never gone beyond a hello, how are you?
So now, here we are at Christmas time and my Christmas party is this coming Thursday. I am transferring yet again on Monday, this time into Administration to try out a job they have offered me. Once again, I will be with a whole new gang and on my own. I have sort of see-sawed about going to the party where I won't really have a safety person, if you know what I mean (someone I can turn to if I really don't know anyone else). My boss has already said she is not going, neither are my 2 soon-to-be former co-workers. At least I would have been comfortable to sit with them. But I don't really have anyone.
My friend said I should just go, otherwise how will I ever get to know anyone. But it just feels intimidating to go to this party where I feel like I should already know someone but don't. Whenever I do something like this on my own, I usually just adopt the attitude to just smile and be friendly. I think for me, the dilemma exists in the fact that people will wonder why I don't know more people than I do. Will they find me stand-offish? And since I have no idea who is going to this thing, I worry that there won't be a soul there that I know. Everyone seems to be pretty friendly with the others in their departments, but I don't have that.
Any thoughts or suggestions??