Ask Amy: Receptionist wants some co-worker courtesy
Dear Amy: I am a receptionist.
I love my job, and my co-workers are great.
There is, however, one thing that bugs me.
My desk is in a common area where the mail bins are, and co-workers often chat around my desk.
Some of them talk about parties they are going to, which I am not invited to.
I don’t expect to be invited to all the parties – some of them are “team-building parties,” so of course I would not be invited to other teams’ gatherings.
We sometimes all go out to lunch and have the occasional get-together after work, which is nice.
But with the holiday season, they’re talking about a party that I am not invited to, which is definitely a “friends-from-work” party – and not a team-building party.
I think it is rude to talk about parties in front of people who are not invited.
How do I “politely” tell them to stop talking about these gatherings in front of me? It’s like I am invisible to them!