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?