Cliques! Do I Have To Socialize At Work?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about promotion of favored coworkers :

I have been working for a company for over 4 years now. From my first day at work, I noticed that there were several cliques amongst the group I worked with, none of which were the least bit welcoming to an outsider. These cliques consisted of management and co-workers who also were very close friends. I have always thought that to remain professional in the workplace, one had to remain somewhat at a distance when it came to personal relationships. I’m not saying you shouldn’t share some personal stories with each other; I just don’t think management should participate in extracurricular activities with subordinates such as golfing, parties, dinners, etc. Am I wrong?

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