7 Ways to Avoid Being Friends with Coworkers

What to Do When You're There to Work, Not Make Friends

5. Don't Mix Work & Play

The invitation to that hot new restaurant on a Saturday night or the happy hour drink party can be tempting, but it may be best to decline if you're trying to keep it professional.

These after-hours soirees can very quickly blur the lines between the personal and professional. Keep your work life separate by attending only the company-sanctioned (and expected) events, such as the annual Christmas party or awards dinner. While you don't want to be branded as antisocial, do your best to explain to coworkers that you value your family and/or other outside commitments.