When I arrived at work this morning, a colleague of mine had placed an invite to his child's graduation party on my desk.
To be 100% clear, we are work colleagues only, I have not so much as had a personal conversation over a cup of coffee with this person. I do not know him or his family personally in any way.
My first reaction is that this feels like a money grab. I don't feel comfortable doing this myself ( inviting co-workers to personal events ), let alone going. In the grand scheme of things, I just won't go --- but I was hoping that if a reality check on my part is in order that this group might give it to me.
I totally get it if you are co-workers and friends outside of work for such an invitation to be extended. This is not the case in my situation.
So, my question is, should I be ( or feel as though ) I am obligated to go to this colleagues son's graduation party? Is it appropriate or professional for my colleague to invite co-workers from the office to such an event?