Most companies of any size encourage their employees to take part in a planned program of recreation. Such pastimes as bowling or bridge occupy the winter months, with golf and tennis and other outdoor sports being offered in the summer. Taking part in these activities provides not only relaxation but also an opportunity to meet co-workers with similar interests.
Avoid Business Discussions
One important point to remember is that any problems you may have in your job are not to be discussed during these recreation periods. The purpose of such a program is not to provide a captive audience for the complainer, but to give everyone an opportunity to relax and get to know co—workers in an informal atmosphere. Anyone who imposes his personal business problems on the other members of a team he belongs to is being rude—and he runs the risk of saying too much for his own good on the job.
How to Be a Good Team Member
Another point of etiquette to remember if you join a team is to take your responsibilities as a member seriously. Don’t join one of the groups and then show up only when you want to or have nothing else you want to do. This shows lack of consideration for others, and inconsiderateness is the basis of bad manners. But care must be taken that seriousness as a team member doesn’t lead to neglect of one’s office duties. For instance, bowling on the department team is a fine idea, but devoting hours of a work day to planning and organizing each match or to discussing everybody’s game is carrying the recreation program beyond its boundaries.