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2012-12-03 02:35:40 PM
We have an employee pot luck. The food is usually half decent, half didn't even try. I quit doing the white elephant gift exchange after some woman didn't bother to bring a gift last time, and was still allowed in.

It's really annoying. I'm fed up with my boss this year, so I'm not going. 2 hours out of work (when 1 is already lunch) isn't enough to pretend I'm happy here.

I miss the days of casino nights at fancy hotels. And the bonuses. But mostly, the bonuses.
 
2012-12-03 02:36:52 PM
I went to my first company party Friday night in the 4 yrs i've worked at my job. It was at the local country club it's been at for the last 55yrs. It was as underwhelming as i thought. Especially since this year they cut out the 1 free drink coupon. Most of us grunts can't afford a $8 bottle of beer. Plus no confirmation if we are getting a bonus. Perhaps spare the expense and give us a few bucks more for bonus or put the money toward infrastructure of our network
 
2012-12-03 02:37:15 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: At FoxConn I heard they strung festive Christmas lights all through the suicide nets.


You are on a roll today :-)
 
2012-12-03 02:38:52 PM
No frigging way I am going to this years office party

last year I was the youngest person there by 15 years, stuck next to the biatchy fat chain smoker in accounting. Made stupid small talk with people I can't stand and got the fark out. Nobody there has anything in common, and the president of the company sits there with his trophy wife and a fake smile on his wife having small talk with his employees he barely even talks to at work.

I haven't got a raise or a bonus in two and half years, if they are offended by not showing up then fark em.
 
2012-12-03 02:40:58 PM

propasaurus: On the other hand, I had an ex who worked for a fairly big ad agency. They always had a huge blowout holiday party. Fancy venue, full open bar, catered dinner, sometimes even black tie. Always lots of booze.


Yes, working in advertising can be fun sometimes :-)
 
2012-12-03 02:43:49 PM
I worked for a company that would have a "Summer Social" every year. The idea was to bring the employees of the two remote offices (Florida and San Jose) up to the main office in Boston, have an outing somewhere, get to know everyone, etc. Pretty normal stuff, except...

The remote office employees were flown in on a Saturday, the outing was on a Sunday, and they'd fly home that evening. Attendance was mandatory. Spouses / family were not invited. Employees of the Boston office were encouraged to "host" members of the remote offices (invite them to stay with them Saturday night at their homes) instead of booking hotels to cut costs for lodging and transportation. Many opted for paying their own hotels out of pocket, naturally. Some members of those offices were transplants from Boston, thus had family in the area. When they asked if they could extend their stay past Sunday and take vacation time, having their flights scheduled for a later time in the week, the answer was "Only if you don't take vacation time and instead work in the Boston office for the extra days while you are visiting with them in the evenings."

The outing itself was... interesting. The COO and the CEO each had a sailing yacht in Boston Harbor. They decided it would be fun to split the company into two "teams" and race the yachts. Except that there was a crew, so we basically sat there on deck and watched these two titans of industry have a pissing contest with their yachts all day, ate some sandwiches from Panera, and then were told to go on our way at 4pm. Guests from out of town were shown where to catch the subway to the airport.

The "holiday party" was always scheduled, coincidentally, on the same date the office building in which we rented space decided to hold theirs in the lobby. So management just sorta rode their coat-tails, and let everyone go an hour early.
 
2012-12-03 02:44:35 PM
Why don't those workers put up the capital and start their own company. They can then take all the cash and holidays they like.
 
2012-12-03 02:44:41 PM
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disappoint party planning committee has a disappoint
 
2012-12-03 02:44:58 PM

eagles95: I went to my first company party Friday night in the 4 yrs i've worked at my job. It was at the local country club it's been at for the last 55yrs. It was as underwhelming as i thought. Especially since this year they cut out the 1 free drink coupon. Most of us grunts can't afford a $8 bottle of beer. Plus no confirmation if we are getting a bonus. Perhaps spare the expense and give us a few bucks more for bonus or put the money toward infrastructure of our network


I'm guessing it's because your boss (or multiple higher ups in the company) belong to that country club and "it just wouldn't do" to have an official company party anywhere else. It's not about you; it's about them and maintaining appearances. I'm sure there will be chatter at the club about how "poor Charlie's company couldn't afford the drink tickets this year's holiday party. Tsk, tsk, business must be down this year."
 
2012-12-03 02:45:55 PM
Our office party is meh. But free food and goofy games that are usually entertaining, so I'll go

The building office party, hosted by the building management company is usually pretty good though. Pretty decent free food and booze and giveaways. Plus the always amusing parade of other companies secretaries getting wasted and making a scene. Good Times.
 
2012-12-03 02:47:52 PM

whistleridge: In fairness to my employer, we always have a holiday party, at noon, and then everyone leaves early afterwards. And it's not like we do much beforehand either. So it's celebrating the holidays with our co-workers AND getting time off in one. And we get paid for it.


It also means your employer doesn't have to cover your spouses like they would at the christmas dinner.
 
2012-12-03 02:47:57 PM
We have a Christmas party for lunch time on a Friday before vacations, during work time in company conference room the size of a warehouse. All 350+ of us eat together, participate on the raffle for some good stuff (smallest is a $50 gift card, as expensive as a 32" LCD TV). Then everyone leaves early. Additionally, every area or department does theri own employee sponsored pothluck, with mixed results depending on who cooks. And we used to have our own department sponsored Christmas lunch in an outside location, for the office people. They just slashed that this morning. But the boss said he would take us out for a few beers at the local watering hole, so it is not so bad. All things considered, it is OK because I actually like the group of engineers I hang out with.
 
2012-12-03 02:49:01 PM
This thread makes me feel better about my job and workplace.
 
2012-12-03 02:49:23 PM
Before Bain Capital took over my company: leave work early on Friday, then the department holiday party at night at a good restaurant, usually steak or lobster, plenty of drinks, and even a bonus check if we had a good season. We all felt like part of a family, although a somewhat dysfunctional one.

After Bain Capital took over my company: Office luncheon on a Wednesday afternoon with all of the other departments that we don't even deal with. Pretty lame food. No alcohol of course, since it's the middle of a work day. They tried some lame games in the past but I think this year they'll give up on those since most people just abandon ship and go back to their desks. No bonus checks anymore, even if we have a kick-ass season.

If you are working at a company that is about to be bought up by a venture capital firm...just get the hell out while you can. You'll be glad you did.
 
2012-12-03 02:49:37 PM
I get to be flown in to Ottowa for a party. That's fun, huh? Woo. Ottowa.
 
2012-12-03 02:49:51 PM
Our companies 'Christmas Party' is scheduled for Feb 9th this year...
Perhaps they get a better rate at that time of year...
Feb 9th is a Saturday and I live 35miles from my job...
Was told this morning that all 'professional and management' employees are expected to come...

/Wont be going again this year
//FTJ
 
2012-12-03 02:50:05 PM

Lunaville: My husbands' company used to rent out a big space and host spouses and kids. They had gambling games people could buy into and possibly win money. I'm so grateful they decided that was too exorbitant. For years, I was expected to take a portion of my pay ( I worked full time before we had kids.) to purchase a dress suitable for this occasion so I could be trotted around among people I didn't know and feign interest in a company that I did not work for.

One year at one of these functions some twit announced a "mandatory" softball game and tried to bully me into playing softball. After a few polite attempts to decline, I snapped "I don't work here." Unashamed she shot back with "Your husband does." I was so pissed I shouted several feet across to my husband "Get your resume in tip-top shape tonight!" The CEO/Owner came over and told Ms. Priss she couldn't demand a mandatory game with or without people who were actually employed with the company. My husband and I left and argued for three days. Thank G-d, I was not consuming any alcohol or the incident with Ms. Priss could have been unseemly.

Then the kids came. "Oh" I said "It won't be any fun if you have to drag us along. You just go and have a great time and I'll stay home with the kids." Nope, that didn't fly. Too many people in the office were "excited to meet the kids". We had to go. Mind you, these weren't normal two to four hour office parties. These parties lasted for hours and hours and hours. I didn't drive at the time so going to the party meant the kids and I were stuck until my husband decided to leave. After four miserable hours with two babies, who were highly uninterested in the party, I started to beg to go home. Several times my husband said "Well, we'd better get going." Only to have a someone senior to him say "Oh No, you can't leave yet. We haven't had the drawing for .../ the Santa visit/ the some other highlight I could not have cared less about yet." Finally, at more than 6 hours in we were ...


Wow so for 1 f-ing day out of the year or so you couldn't put on a poker face to support your husbands career ? No one likes to do it but you suck it up. it is what you are supposed to do. You got your husband singled out because you had to act like an ass at a company event and believe me all of those people remember you. If you had said anything about a resume in front of his boss and co-workers I certainly hope for your sake you were the primary bread winner. Somehow I bet your husband when asked to interact with your co-workers or work related events was probably well behaved and civil.
 
2012-12-03 02:50:07 PM

stewbert: We have an employee pot luck.


Ya'll are going to think I'm crazy, but the best office party I ever attended was a semi-planned potluck. I worked in a department where several of us could really, I mean really, cook. We brought in church potluck sized dishes and hosted people from other departments for lunch. Among the dishes we enjoyed was the best spinach soup I ever tasted, Jamaican curry, spicy African style collards, Italian green beans Almondine, homemade cornbread and a variety of homemade desserts. There were no speeches or nonsense. We didn't have to come in after work or stay late. The food was great. And our supervisor enjoyed his meal so much, he let us leave work an hour early.
 
2012-12-03 02:50:48 PM
Two years ago at the Christmas party, the big boss showed up with his girlfriend - instead of his wife. I just shrugged, thinking it was none of my business.

Flash forward - the big boss "resigned" two months ago when it turned out he was using the office credit card to pay for his fling. His girlfriend, who also worked here, also got canned. Meanwhile, my department has lost two other bosses as the scandal grew, some getting caught and the others jumping ship.

Maybe I should go this year to try to figure out who's getting fired next.
 
2012-12-03 02:50:55 PM

Strategeryz0r: Nitrox: My employer is awesome about the holidays. The entire organization is shutting down Friday at noon before Christmas and we have paid vacation through New Years Day. This is in addition to the 4 other weeks of vacation we are given, as well as 5 sick days

My company gives you 2 - 3 weeks of vacation(depending on tenure), which includes your sick days and floating holidays.

Then only gives us the day of xmas off. So we have to be here the monday before, and all the days after until Jan 1. Same story on Thanksgiving. No work Thursday, but you better come back in Friday.

Again, they wonder why their turnover rate has shot through the roof. It never used to be like this until this bastards from the east coast invaded our lovely little company. We went from "we love our employees" to "raise the bottom line, fark the lot of you! you're all replaceable!"

/anyone looking for an IT guy in the Idaho/Oregon/Washington area? Will move for position. Get me away from these people.


ESI and WinCo Foods are always looking for talent
 
2012-12-03 02:52:36 PM

Person: You ever read a story think "Jesus Christ. I hope they're divorced now for his sake." Because I just did.


Yes, about 10 minutes ago actually.
 
2012-12-03 02:56:53 PM

LasersHurt: I get to be flown in to Ottowa for a party. That's fun, huh? Woo. Ottowa.


Ottawa? can be fun depending on where the party is.
 
2012-12-03 03:00:01 PM
i'm just ready for my 20% bonus check..i could careless about any party..come on Dec 31st
 
2012-12-03 03:02:07 PM

moothemagiccow: whistleridge: In fairness to my employer, we always have a holiday party, at noon, and then everyone leaves early afterwards. And it's not like we do much beforehand either. So it's celebrating the holidays with our co-workers AND getting time off in one. And we get paid for it.

It also means your employer doesn't have to cover your spouses like they would at the christmas dinner.


Why on Earth would I want to drag my spouse to a work function where she doesn't know anyone and can't really relax? No...she meets me and the co-workers I'm good friends with for beer after we leave around 3:30.
 
2012-12-03 03:02:09 PM
Our Christmas party is getting scaled down this year, but it is mostly the opposite of everything you miserable sons of b*tches are complaining about.

1. Noon: pot-luck, BYOB (drinking encouraged and plus we know how to make great food)
2. 1300: White elephant gift exchange (always has been a riot)
3. 1400: Corn-hole tournament (drinking encouraged)
4. 1600-1800: a break to go get your spouse and wait for babysitter, or just keep drinking
5. 1800-whenever: catered dinner, live band, open bar

The "cut backs" this year make it so that the evening party is on the same day as the pot luck and that we're having it at the site which is a fine place for a casual party. We have several casual parties throughout the year. We also get Christmas gifts, occasional annual bonuses, lots of vacation and sick PTO.
 
2012-12-03 03:02:29 PM

wildcardjack: I'd appreciate some co-workers if they weren't all out to steal my precious.


That's exactly how I feel every day.

~Frodo

P.S. F*** Sam. Coney eating bastard.
 
2012-12-03 03:02:41 PM

kindms: Wow so for 1 f-ing day out of the year or so you couldn't put on a poker face to support your husbands career ?


Post your address and I'll pack him in a box and mail him to you.
And, actually people did remember me ... and slunk forward to admit they didn't enjoy mandatory "parties" that lasted 6 to 12 hours and involved ignorant as h-e-double hockey sticks HR employees harassing them and their spouses. FYI, Miss Priss was let go long ago. Seems making unreasonable demands of others was not party only behavior.
 
2012-12-03 03:03:05 PM
The invite for my division's holiday party last year was sent out a few days after announcing that they were canceling the yearly bonus for everyone in a non-management position.

The head of our division decided to host it at his swanky country club. It was not accessible by public transportation so none of us minions could get there.

/Our division head doesn't even try to hide the fact that he's a dick.
 
2012-12-03 03:03:33 PM

diaphoresis: basemetal: So, 95% of workers are ungrateful , entitled and lazy? Way to slam the workers of America, subbs.

soapbox
Well, let's face it... they are. They have no appreciation for the job they have, the training, time and effort the company puts into employees, and could care less about anyone other than themselves.

This debate is far more convoluted that just this, but let's face it: most (over 50%) of workers don't like their job, their boss, the company, or any combination thereof. I don't think all business owners are ethical, honest, or are beyond reproach either.

It is up to each employee to decide for themselves if they could be better off somewhere else, then go or stay. If the business treats its customers and employees like crap, leaving the company and going somewhere else is the ultimate revenge.
/soapbox

/I actually helped close down a business
//Took me about a year
///I lol'd for a week


It looks like Mitt is out of his post-election funk and posting on the web again.
Buy Ann something nice, we hear she is depressed, perhaps you could have one of you houses painted white for her.
 
2012-12-03 03:03:58 PM
i never go, even when "mandatory".

Fark it, after work is "my time". If I have to work and get something done, that's one thing. I've never left in the middle of something (I've worked through the night many times). But stay during my own time for that? No thanks.


Same goes for "team lunches".. If I can really blow off 2hrs, let me work instead then leave at 3. No dice? Ok then. Now I see, you're just flipping things to obligate me to work late instead.


Life is too short. Family and friends get priority. I don't see enough of either as is. I'm not going to impress the boss after hours.

I'm positive I won't regret this on my death bed. Nobody in the world has regretted not showing up to office parties.
 
2012-12-03 03:04:05 PM
Holiday party was last Friday. Spent $20 on two tickets to it a month ago. Woman I just started dating already had plans. At the last minute, she invited me to the hockey game with her friends. I gladly accepted.

Wise decision.
 
2012-12-03 03:04:56 PM

Lunaville: My husbands' company used to rent out a big space and host spouses and kids. They had gambling games people could buy into and possibly win money. I'm so grateful they decided that was too exorbitant. For years, I was expected to take a portion of my pay ( I worked full time before we had kids.) to purchase a dress suitable for this occasion so I could be trotted around among people I didn't know and feign interest in a company that I did not work for.

One year at one of these functions some twit announced a "mandatory" softball game and tried to bully me into playing softball. After a few polite attempts to decline, I snapped "I don't work here." Unashamed she shot back with "Your husband does." I was so pissed I shouted several feet across to my husband "Get your resume in tip-top shape tonight!" The CEO/Owner came over and told Ms. Priss she couldn't demand a mandatory game with or without people who were actually employed with the company. My husband and I left and argued for three days. Thank G-d, I was not consuming any alcohol or the incident with Ms. Priss could have been unseemly.

Then the kids came. "Oh" I said "It won't be any fun if you have to drag us along. You just go and have a great time and I'll stay home with the kids." Nope, that didn't fly. Too many people in the office were "excited to meet the kids". We had to go. Mind you, these weren't normal two to four hour office parties. These parties lasted for hours and hours and hours. I didn't drive at the time so going to the party meant the kids and I were stuck until my husband decided to leave. After four miserable hours with two babies, who were highly uninterested in the party, I started to beg to go home. Several times my husband said "Well, we'd better get going." Only to have a someone senior to him say "Oh No, you can't leave yet. We haven't had the drawing for .../ the Santa visit/ the some other highlight I could not have cared less about yet." Finally, at more than 6 hours in we were ...


Your husband kind of sounds like a douche.
 
2012-12-03 03:05:48 PM

sodomizer: There are no office parties.


I sure felt like I was partying the year I won the office beer pong and wii racing contests. Guess I was wrong.
 
2012-12-03 03:05:55 PM
I work from home, like hundreds of miles from the nearest branch of my company, so I imagine I'll probably get drunk on a bottle of wine one of these days in the next couple of weeks when I know I won't be getting any calls.

My wife's company throws 2 parties a year.

Last christmas was spent in Denver, a bus to Pikes Peak, a trip to go Snow-tubing at Copper Mountain, and plenty of bar trips. They flew everyone and their families there for that.

This summer everyone was flown to Louisville, we did a tour of 2 horse farms, a distillery, and had lunch at some inn out in the country. We also went out every night and got trashed at the area bars.

Here in January we're all being flown to Jacksonville and are staying down in St. Augustine at a Bed&Breakfast, with obvious drinking and food at good restaurants.

/It's good to be married to the owner's daughter.
//There's only about 9 employees, so the costs aren't insane.
 
2012-12-03 03:06:16 PM

Lunaville: I hated those parties so much. Now they have a normal afternoon office party with some snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and a silly gift exchange. No spouses or kids attend and they get off work an hour or two early. Thank G-d!


This is a joke, right? Like from a movie I haven't seen or something? One where the wife is a complete psycho hose beast, kicks her husband in the testicles a lot and complains he's no fun when he asks her to stop for at least one night? And then she's completely shocked when she finds him in bed with a woman who is actually fun and offers a break from the super-regimented sex-only-on-alternating-Saturdays routine? Right?
 
2012-12-03 03:06:19 PM
My company stopped having Christmas parties a few years ago. It just got too expensive. We used to have these all-day Christmas meetings with a nice lunch and an afternoon of "fun" activities. I farking hated them. The activities were lame and, even though booze was served, I never drink before 6pm and I never drink and drive. So I was quite happy when they did away with the day meeting/party and did an evening party at some upscale meeting facility - happy because I didn't have to go. I hate big parties and office parties most especially.
 
2012-12-03 03:07:44 PM
In years past I've had great Christmas parties at work and not so great Christmas parties... all in all a net positive. I used to worry about bonuses and such but I've learned to be damned appreciative of anything I do or do not get these days... mind you I work at a fairly decent place and the management is respectful. If this weren't the case, I'd be flinging all kinds of shiat...
 
2012-12-03 03:08:01 PM
For my business, we used to have Christmas dinners until the employees said they'd rather have money instead. So now they get a decent amont of money and it actually costs me less, so we all are happy.
 
2012-12-03 03:08:12 PM

Strategeryz0r: Nitrox: My employer is awesome about the holidays. The entire organization is shutting down Friday at noon before Christmas and we have paid vacation through New Years Day. This is in addition to the 4 other weeks of vacation we are given, as well as 5 sick days

My company gives you 2 - 3 weeks of vacation(depending on tenure), which includes your sick days and floating holidays.

Then only gives us the day of xmas off. So we have to be here the monday before, and all the days after until Jan 1. Same story on Thanksgiving. No work Thursday, but you better come back in Friday.

Again, they wonder why their turnover rate has shot through the roof. It never used to be like this until this bastards from the east coast invaded our lovely little company. We went from "we love our employees" to "raise the bottom line, fark the lot of you! you're all replaceable!"

/anyone looking for an IT guy in the Idaho/Oregon/Washington area? Will move for position. Get me away from these people.


EIP
 
2012-12-03 03:08:50 PM

Egoy3k: Our holiday party is over lunch and since I plan to go back to work afterwards I don't get to drink. I'm a department head in a manufacturing plant with unionized employees. If I made anybody unhappy in the past few months (which is impossible NOT to do unless I stay home from work) I can expect them to file a grievance about me being at work with alcohol in me.


Wow. You and I have so much in common it's frightening. Being in charge of unionized employees is........ challenging.
 
2012-12-03 03:09:26 PM
We are getting dinner at red lobster and a cash bonus of some sort.

When I worked in NYC the boss had the christmas party at Delmonicos Steakhouse. Its a classy place. Everyone got steak dinner and it was completely open bar. I was drinking johnny blue at $45 a glass. At any rate one of the junior brokers got completely smashed and started a fight. He got thrown across a table and that ended the party pretty quickly. I got a decent bonus that year too.

/csb
 
2012-12-03 03:10:26 PM
We have a decent party with good food. They have an open bar, but I don't drink so it's not as spliffy for me. Now if they had 'special brownies' I'd be a very happy camper...lol.

/just happy to have a job really
 
2012-12-03 03:12:02 PM

olapbill: LasersHurt: I get to be flown in to Ottowa for a party. That's fun, huh? Woo. Ottowa.

Ottawa? can be fun depending on where the party is.


That's where I am. Run. Run like the wind.
 
2012-12-03 03:12:16 PM

Lunaville: kindms: Wow so for 1 f-ing day out of the year or so you couldn't put on a poker face to support your husbands career ?

Post your address and I'll pack him in a box and mail him to you.
And, actually people did remember me ... and slunk forward to admit they didn't enjoy mandatory "parties" that lasted 6 to 12 hours and involved ignorant as h-e-double hockey sticks HR employees harassing them and their spouses. FYI, Miss Priss was let go long ago. Seems making unreasonable demands of others was not party only behavior.


So in your mind it was validation that "some people" didn't enjoy mandatory parties. I can't believe your husband is still married to you to be honest. You couldn't keep your mouth or emotions in check in front of the very few people who could make your husbands life easier or harder.

You then go on to post later that you are lucky because your "supervisor liked the food so much he let us leave early". 1) if you were in a job with any authority or were making any significant amounts of money you would never need a supervisor to tell you it is ok to leave, you just do it.

So not only did you essentially cause a scene at atleast 2 xmas parties, you embarrassed your husband in front of his co-workers and you are brash enough to brag about it.

Must be AWESOME to be married to you.
 
2012-12-03 03:12:40 PM

WinoRhino: Lunaville: I hated those parties so much. Now they have a normal afternoon office party with some snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and a silly gift exchange. No spouses or kids attend and they get off work an hour or two early. Thank G-d!

This is a joke, right? Like from a movie I haven't seen or something? One where the wife is a complete psycho hose beast, kicks her husband in the testicles a lot and complains he's no fun when he asks her to stop for at least one night? And then she's completely shocked when she finds him in bed with a woman who is actually fun and offers a break from the super-regimented sex-only-on-alternating-Saturdays routine? Right?



lol - THIS.

/I'm sure she's blast at parties
 
2012-12-03 03:13:23 PM
I live in San Francisco and have lots of friends who work for big-money tech companies or youthful startups, so I've heard about some insanely awesome Christmas parties. My husband's company did a huge live-band karaoke thing a couple years ago. Pretty awkward to watch your head of HR do karaoke on a stage in front of 500 people. Luckily, there was much alcohol. My own company tends to follow the economy. Our big boozy lunches of years past have devolved into half-glasses of champagne at my CEO's apartment over the past few years. This year, however, in a sign of the improving times, we're back to restaurants. I know things will have really turned around when they start allowing us to bring guests.
 
2012-12-03 03:15:08 PM

WinoRhino: Lunaville: I hated those parties so much. Now they have a normal afternoon office party with some snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and a silly gift exchange. No spouses or kids attend and they get off work an hour or two early. Thank G-d!

This is a joke, right? Like from a movie I haven't seen or something? One where the wife is a complete psycho hose beast, kicks her husband in the testicles a lot and complains he's no fun when he asks her to stop for at least one night? And then she's completely shocked when she finds him in bed with a woman who is actually fun and offers a break from the super-regimented sex-only-on-alternating-Saturdays routine? Right?


It really wasn't about him. It was about a company and its' deranged HR people who thought they had bought outright their employees and along with their families. It's the only company I've ever heard of that has even attempted to make spouse attendance at functions mandatory. How the hell do you make anything mandatory for people who do not work for you?
 
2012-12-03 03:15:14 PM
We are having another great party this year at a local Winery. It is fully catered, drinks are included and you can bring a significant other.

We should also be getting a decent profit sharing bonus (2-3% of salary)

On top of that we are shut down the entire week of Xmas as a paid holiday.

/Love my job
 
2012-12-03 03:16:06 PM
Put me in the 'Not Attending' category.
 
2012-12-03 03:19:31 PM

Lunaville: My husbands' company used to rent out a big space and host spouses and kids. They had gambling games people could buy into and possibly win money. I'm so grateful they decided that was too exorbitant. For years, I was expected to take a portion of my pay ( I worked full time before we had kids.) to purchase a dress suitable for this occasion so I could be trotted around among people I didn't know and feign interest in a company that I did not work for.

One year at one of these functions some twit announced a "mandatory" softball game and tried to bully me into playing softball. After a few polite attempts to decline, I snapped "I don't work here." Unashamed she shot back with "Your husband does." I was so pissed I shouted several feet across to my husband "Get your resume in tip-top shape tonight!" The CEO/Owner came over and told Ms. Priss she couldn't demand a mandatory game with or without people who were actually employed with the company. My husband and I left and argued for three days. Thank G-d, I was not consuming any alcohol or the incident with Ms. Priss could have been unseemly.

Then the kids came. "Oh" I said "It won't be any fun if you have to drag us along. You just go and have a great time and I'll stay home with the kids." Nope, that didn't fly. Too many people in the office were "excited to meet the kids". We had to go. Mind you, these weren't normal two to four hour office parties. These parties lasted for hours and hours and hours. I didn't drive at the time so going to the party meant the kids and I were stuck until my husband decided to leave. After four miserable hours with two babies, who were highly uninterested in the party, I started to beg to go home. Several times my husband said "Well, we'd better get going." Only to have a someone senior to him say "Oh No, you can't leave yet. We haven't had the drawing for .../ the Santa visit/ the some other highlight I could not have cared less about yet." Finally, at more than 6 hours in we were w ...


You must be a real joy at parties- ...ohhhh.
 
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