I just joined my first industry job, around 8 months back, after my PhD.

I have a very busy schedule at my work, and try to be as efficient as possible. On top of that I go to networking events, have a side-project (business) as well a hobby or two.

If I have to get all of these done, I have very little time to chit-chat and schmooze at work. I work 7 days a week. I notice that others spend a lot of time gossiping, laughing around, getting lunch etc etc..

I get a lot done, but I am wondering if not socializing at work is going to kill my chances of promotion, because of politics etc?

Any advice? Should I set aside some time to socialize and carefully pick who to socialize with?

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  • The headline version of the question is a survey, and not a good fit for SE. The last-line version is probably too much of an individual-cases question to be a good fit either. I don't think we can do much more than tell you to do what makes sense in your situation, remembering that situations change. – keshlam Aug 28 '16 at 2:43
  • I guess I am looking for best-practice suggestions from people who have a very busy schedule, and how much they socialize at work... Not sure what you mean by "too much of an individual-case question".. Most questions here are very specific to an individual/situation. – user56508 Aug 28 '16 at 2:53
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    If you work 7 days a week as a PhD holder, get the hell out of that industry. It's not healthy. – nvoigt Aug 28 '16 at 4:30
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    I dont mean I work 7 days a week on my day-to-day job. My day-to-day job is 9-5ish, 5 days a week. I work on my side-projects, early mornings & evenings (during weekdays) and all day on the weekends. – user56508 Aug 28 '16 at 5:27
  • @alpha_989 most questions that are too specific to an individual/situation get closed... – HorusKol Aug 29 '16 at 1:01

Spend less time worrying about what others are up to and more in making that critical career start, socialise to your hearts content once you have shown your professionalism and put in some solid work. You just got there.