(Closed) "Christmas potluck" and I JUST DON'T FEEL LIKE IT.

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
9681 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@jb20:  I hate potlucks too. I commute on the train and it’s not convenient; I don’t trust the cleanliness of other people’s home and don’t eat communal food; and I am perfectly capable of bringing my own lunch. I totally understand – it sucks! I am so glad my new workplace doesn’t do crap like that. It’s work. Let’s work and go home. I’m not there to be social and lose work hours to stupid shit causing me to have to work at home…when I’m with my family, who I want to see. 

At least you’re out of there soon! 

Post # 5
4687 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@jb20:  mehh I wouldn’t be thrilled either. 

Hang in there, 6 more weeks!

Post # 7
5189 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@jb20:  Ughh, my previous boss used to do this all the time. I would always run in to the supermarket on the way to work and buy a box or two of cookies. Ain’t nobody got time to cook for your co-workers. 

Post # 9
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@jb20:  Eh,  I kind of like a good potluck, but every month is freakin ridiculous!  I wouldn’t want to participate either.

Post # 11
709 posts
Busy bee

@jb20:  Ugh, what a pain! I’d probably also grab something from the store to avoid confrontation. Six more weeks! 

Post # 13
4436 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@jb20:  I don’t mind potlucks, but they are supposed to be fun- the arguing would kill it for me. Once a month is kind of a bit much!

Post # 14
1649 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

@jb20:  If its with a group of friends then I don’t mind. But if I feel like I have to do something or I’m obligated to do something (at work, with friends, or with family) then I would probably react the same way as you. I like doing things out of the goodness of my heart, not because someone told me I have to.

I love my co-workers, I honestly do. We’re a family run Company of about 60 or 70 people. We treat one another like family, so having a party isn’t a problem for me there. I don’t mind bringing in food occasionally either, but everyone randomly brings food in at some point – we really like to eat and feed one another and we don’t need a party as an excuse to do it. Lol!

Secret Santa is optional, so I was able to opt out this year. And contributing money for gifts for the President, VP, and Founder are supposed to be optional, but they don’t always feel that way – that’s the only time I have an issue with things.

Post # 16
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2000

I’ve never heard of this! Potlucks, yes, but not in a work context. Definitely not in a ‘regularly scheduled’ work context. I do not socialise with collegues. That’s not because I assume they’re not good people. I wouldn’t know. But there is work life and there is social life. Never the twain shall meet. Non-overlapping magisteria. Keeps my work-life balance (aka sanity) in check.

I would actually feel very uncomfortable and rather manipulated if it didn’t seem like I had an ‘out’ from the event you describe. Fine for folks who want to do it, but seriously. Is greenbean casserole skills in your job description? It just seems (okay, to me at least) a bit unprofessional. It’s a place of business, not a barn-raising. This is groovy if it’s others’ cup of tea. Just don’t make me drink it!

Six more weeks, six more weeks, six more weeks.

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