That thread reminded me of what just happened in October to my DH and me. I'd like thoughts on if what we did was OK, and if the situation ever occurs again; what to do.
My company just celebrated a milestone, and hosted a large, informal dinner for the employees, our clients, and some VIPs. I should add that my company is a social service and we provide a variety of services to clients with intellectual disabilities. A great emphasis is placed on making people feel welcome, wanted, and involved. At the time, I was employed for 10 months, so I know everyone--
To make a long story short, the night arrived and I was looking forward to having my DH meet my co-workers and clients for the first time, and showing off the facility. We arrived at the venue to find that most of the people had skipped the pre-dinner drinks and were milling about in anticipation of the upcoming dinner. We choose a table that gave us a good view of the festivities, and proceeded to sit there, by our selves, for the duration of the dinner and awards ceremony. We were the only people at the table that sat 8. My boss was sitting nearby, and made no effort to include us, and the other co-workers were all chatting with their clients and other co-workers. We sat there, and kept thinking that surely someone would sit down for a chat, but nothing. I mean, everyone was friendly and smiled and waved at me/us, but I have never been so embarrassed in my life. I had spent so much time building this place up, and then it felt like a slap in the face. We sat there, ate dinner, talked and joked, and while I had a lovely time with DH, it really hurt. I kept my head up, and acted like things were good, but still.
We stayed until the awards were handed out to the VIPs and clients (I love the clients!), but should we have quietly left immediately after dinner was over? (And the next working day was bizarre; nothing was ever mentioned, and my co-workers were their friendly selves--). I'm still employed there; only because I want the experience-