- Compulsory BBQ
I would seriously draw the line at group hugs though, as would a lot of people I know.
Still goes on at Asda, I believe. That, and the other reasons Samuri highlighted are reasons why I would never work for such an organisation.
My two penn'orth: attend the barbeque, happy in the knowledge that you know that mostr of the people don't want to be there either.
Walk tall. Because when you're on the way out of a job you no longer like, it's the best way to do it.
Best of luck changing your career (and you thought you came here for advice on a sodding BBQ with smelly Dean from Accounts).Posted 7 years agoJonEdwardsMember
I just wouldn't go. Don't make a big fuss. Simply don't turn up. You probably won't be missed.
I've been at this place almost 13 years now. I've not been to a single social event in the past 10. Hate them with a passion. The company pays me to do my job. If they want to pay me to piss about, I'll go and piss about doing something useful. Personally I'd rather sit at my desk and work than have to interact with a bunch of people I don't especially like, eating crap half cooked food. At least that way, I might be able to leave at a normal time.
Fortunately one of our directors is equally antisocial, so by now, its reasonably well accepted that we don't get involved. I do my job well, and put in more than my fair share of hours, so there's no ground for complaints.
…and "team building". If you have to indulge in bullshit activities to get people to work together, then you're employing the wrong people. Simple professionalism should suffice. If you pay your employees to work together and they can't or won't, then getting them to play a game of tug of war isn't going to solve that.
<<grump>>Posted 7 years agowillardMember
Don't say that about team building. It's the only way we have of getting the company to pay for stuff we want to do, but are too tight to pay for ourselves.
Hopefully my next team build in the US will involve something a little more exciting that bowling (even though I won last time).Posted 7 years agoHazeMember
Same at my place, there's the usual get together such as Christmas but they're nearly always departmental.
Fortunately our Technical Director couldn't care less, meaning I've only attended 1 social function in the last dozen or so years – a wedding reception (not exactly a work function) for a guy who I work. Which was a pleasure 🙂
If you feel you ought to go then do so, but make your excuses and leave early.Posted 7 years agogrittyshakerMember
Thanks all, once more, for the sense of perspective and good wishes. It also seems I'm not alone in feeling the way I do.
I'll go along. Eat a burger, smile at the boss and chat with the good friends I have at work. Then, if the weather's any thing like, bugger off on my bike early doors. There're some nice trails on my way home.
I know where my bread's buttered, have no desire to come across as a curmudgeon or to start quoting my contract, but will continue to look somewhere else.
Just got back from a day's environmental education work and feel much better for it.Posted 7 years ago
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