Can my employer compel me to attend a barbecue?
A fairly recent change of leadership at my place of work has instituted a more assertive management style along with workforce reduction measures and endless internal marketing which trumpets the efforts of the on-message clique to relentlessly pursue excellence in all they do.
All staff are now told that they must attend a barbecue which seems like a fairly cynical attempt at forced jollification to me. To be honest I'd rather make my own arrangements for lunch and work through as normal. It's not as if there's nothing to do.
My contract contains the usual, for my industry, "and any other duties as may be deemed necessary from time time" clause so the answer is probably "yes", but it really grates under the current circumstances to be told where and what I have to eat for lunch.