Your work place may be the geekiest thing ever or it may be so straight-laced people fear there's going to be an office comedy made of it. No matter what, it's a great place to form a geeky group – and a great way to support professional geekery.
Think of all the things you can do at work that bands people together for geeky interests, or just band geeks together. A gaming group, a group for programming arduinos, an anime viewing group, what have you. Why not found one – you and all your fellow employees may enjoy it.
It's also a great way to support professional geekery. Yes it may be fun and relaxing, but it's also a huge professional advantage:
- It lets you meet your fellow geeks at work – which lets you band together to work on your careers as well.
- It makes people at work aware of the geeky contingent there – and shows them in a good light (well, hopefully).
- It gives people away to meet the professional geeks at work and get to know them. You might find a few unrealized professional geeks there.
- It raises your profile at work by being so involved in bringing people together.
- It shows off your skills and interests, which might open opportunities for you to apply them.
- It helps promote other geeky interests at work – who knows what will emerge next from the fertile mind of your fellow progeeks?
There's really no downside as long as you do it right.