Can karaoke really
get me a raise?
Should I socialize
with the people at work?
of this website is convinced that he once got a nice
raise (the very next work day!) because he went singing
with the boss and other administrators.
In some cultures,
after-work socialization is very important (it is in
ours too - isn't it?).
the great cultural divide, it is quite useful to
socialize with your coworkers - on their terms and in
their ways - to help them get to know you. Make an
effort and actually sing (or bowl, or play
soccer/football, or . . .) if asked.
karaoke, nobody cares if
you sing well, it's only that you make the effort! And,
once you do it a few times, you'll love it!
You did back home, didn't you? Quite possibly most
long-term friends are people you met at one workplace or
another? That is true for most people.
Do it just
to be polite. But also be open to finding some new
however, of getting sloppy drunk or becoming too
familiar with members of the other sex until you know
your coworkers a bit better - and the culture a bit
better. You don't want to start off on the wrong foot.
Now get out
there and SING!