I work in the information security realm as an engineer.
At our weekly company meeting, our boss said that part of performance reviews (a good weight I might add) depends on your ability to network with other people in the industry in order to build and promote the company name. Social events are obviously sent to us that are optional but ultimately don’t seem so if it eventually affects us in our performance reviews. These social events are after work, mostly all on Saturday evenings and such.
I actually don’t mind meeting new people in the industry I am in because it will only help me later on, but this seems a bit weird. Most of the time after a very long week, I want to hang out with friends and to be honest I sometimes don’t even want to think about work until Monday.
From this, I have two questions:
Is it a common thing that employees are evaluated based on their ability and effectiveness to network outside of hours?
Second, I am not going to any of these events, how do I tell my boss and not be penalised?