My company has an office party each year. It is at a nice hotel. They have a DJ and dancing. I usually go for the dinner and leave around 8pm when the music starts. Everyone drinks a lot and dances. It is just not where I want to spend my Friday night. Do you think my co-workers think that I am weird or anti-social? I really just hate those functions!
I feel your pain. You may not like my answer, Carl. The party happens once a year. The company goes through great expense to show their appreciation. There is probably a planning committee that spends hours finding ways to make it fun. Therefore, I suggest that you attend the party and stay until at least 9:30 pm. The more you are seated alone, the more time will seem to drag. You don’t have to dance. Make a point to circulate around the room and say hello to everyone. If you are not comfortable mingling, just rotate from one food or drink station to another. Toss in a bathroom break every half hour and the time will fly by. This is a great chance to build fellowship with your co-workers. Try to relax and enjoy yourself. The other 51 Fridays of the year, you can spend with your friends!