Wow, this is much more dystopian than assuming everyone in the company loves Baseball or Booze and forcing them out for a night of that.
Nobody’s “forcing” you to go anywhere. If you’re not interested, just don’t go.
Well, it’s not physical force, it’s just the threat of “not being a team player” or “culture fit” or some other phrase that implies “we may uninvite you from your employment if you don’t come.”
I think most of that pressure is imagined, TBH. Especially at larger companies that tend to have the lamest events. If you don’t want to say, “I don’t want to go,” tell them you have an appointment or some other schedule conflict.
Anecdotally, I skip any event that doesn’t seem genuinely enjoyable, and I’ve never had a problem.
I do the same but I think you’re underestimating how hard this can be for some people.
(I’m just anti-social so it’s easy for me :-D )
The comments on the blog post are a[n even] better read.
My favorite is the comment on there with the floorplans and terrible HVAC system management.
I know of a shitty morale boosting gesture through a friend of mine. He was working in a startup and they were staying a bit late one day in order to get a release out. The CTO kept walking between tables and giving cookies. “You’re doing a great job, here, a cookie!”
not unlike: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSAXEVXvNz8