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3 Reasons Not to Miss Happy Hour with Your Boss

It’s Oktoberfest time, which means thoughts turn to grabbing a beer after work and blowing off some steam. You might think that drinking with your colleagues (and your manager) is a bad idea. Think again. Here are three reasons not to skip happy hour at work, especially if the boss will be present.

Why You Should Do Happy Hour with Your Boss (Photo: iStockphoto)

Human connection
Weekly happy hours for many groups in companies large and small in the city are the norm. Great for letting off steam, happy hours are most importantly the perfect opportunity for you hard working professionals to connect with your superiors on a personable level. Sometimes, happy hours are the only chances many of you have to introduce yourself to your boss or head of the group without having to keep your head down. These soft connections with your manager or managers matter during crunch time, i.e. bonus time, so every little positive interaction can help.

Talking off-the-record
Something terrible might be lurking on the horizon for you and your colleagues at work, and you have no way to be sure. After a few drinks with the boss, certain bits of information tend to come out with an understanding that what’s said is off the record. Maybe it’s about the repercussion of a recently-announced merger or perhaps information on a possible executive move and what that will mean for the group, and most importantly your job. For this reason, wrap up what you’re doing on Excel, shut down your PC, grab your coat, and go to happy hour.

Your boss is probably paying
If the first two reasons centered on professional self-preservation aren’t enough to entice you to get off your seat and go to happy hour, you should at least be attracted by the fact that your boss will probably foot the bill on her credit card for at least two of the rounds. So in effect, your boss is incentivizing you to talk to her so just get up and go. You literally have nothing to lose, just make sure you don’t go overboard and win a lampshade award the next day when you hear about what you did while eating your sausage egg and cheese breakfast.

Debra Wheatman is a certified writer and career coach who has guided the professional development of thousands of clients globally. She is reachable at

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