I am a paralegal at a v20 firm. Our firm, like many others, hosts staff events to promote a friendly environment. The thing is, I am indifferent towards my coworkers, and would rather work than attend these events. The HR dept is always questioning my absence at these events. I'm starting law school this fall, and can't wait to hand in my two weeks notice. However, in the event that I would need a reference letter from my employer, am I shooting myself in the foot by not being more social? I do my job well, and get along with everyone, I just don't attend these mind numbing events.
On the other hand, if I'd been on the other side of OCI I would say that it's definitely worth the effort making an appearance at these things and socializing a little bit. Downside seems small and the potential networking/consuming free stuff upside is pretty large.