I would rather you fall on the floor then do a trust fall exercise
March 13, 2013 10:23 AM Subscribe
Tactful ways to get out of a corporate retreat when company recently spent a great deal of money on you
posted by lpcxa0 to work & money (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm a business traveler (IT consultant/contractor) and have been with my current company for about 6 months now. There is a corporate retreat coming up that is listed as mandatory that I really, really don't want to go to. How can I get out of this or do I just need to suck it up?
1) Travel from my current client site would take all day, eliminating a day of billable hours along with the retreat on Friday/Saturday/Sunday which isn't paid.
2) If I take a flight from home city, it's on my dime unless I use my frequent flyer miles which would wipe them out, still have the problem of no billables half Thursday and all day Friday
3) I travel alot, and while my SO would be with me - we have a new dog and house that I would rather spend the time with. In addition, my cash reserves are low due to this right now and an extra 1500 would be a significant strain on my accounts.
4) Company recently argued for me to attend a training that allows me to be certified in a new application. I asked for this but also proved myself, and it makes them a ton of money as well.
5) This would be the second time in 6 months that I've had to take at least 2 days of no pay due to corporate events.
6) I work significantly more then 40 hours a week, usually about 60-70 including travel. My weekends are my time to relax, I really don't want to drink or do trust falls with people I've met once and won't meet again for another 2 years.