Employees RSVP ‘No’ to Office Mixers

By: Anneken Tappe · September 15, 2023 · Reading Time: 2 minutes

Out of Office

Corporate happy hours and post-work events used to be a pretty normal part of work life. But the pandemic changed things.

Employees of today would rather spend their time off the clock away from colleagues.

Drawing a Line

There are two main reasons why interest in corporate events is waning.

First, corporate mixers were nonexistent during the pandemic, leading co-workers to connect in different ways and forcing a new delineation between work and personal time. Post-pandemic, office work, and corporate events are back. But many employees are reluctant to sacrifice their newfound personal time for work events.

Second, almost a third of employees now work a hybrid schedule. And even when hybrid workers do swing by work, they tend to head home earlier, reducing the opportunity for impromptu get-togethers. As a result, office parties are becoming a thing of the past: In the past year, U.S. employees went for 43% fewer post-work dinners than pre-pandemic, according to consumer behavior research firm Circana.

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