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What to do about the awkward feeling of attending work holiday parties solo

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What to do about the awkward feeling of attending work holiday parties solo

WhatsEatingYou | | Dec 16, 2011 11:34 AM

Tis the season for holiday parties and thus my usual fears are revisited. I've discussed this issue with friends (we're all mid 20s) and would like to hear your input. Often at work gatherings, the feeling of being the kid in the elementary school cafeteria and not having anyone to sit with, comes back. Being younger we often feel torn about attending work events, such as the holiday party. Sometimes we don't have many close work buddies and will show up to the event solo, here higher ups will be socializing together and we begin to feel very awkward as we realize we really don't know anyone. Do you grab a plate of food from the buffet and sit by yourself, do you join a table of randoms? Is it acceptable to just go sit with the higher ups? That's like approaching the "cool" table. Whats the best way to navigate the situation and handle it as an adult?

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