It is the last day and shortly I will be on my way home. What did today bring and have my thoughts changed from the first post?
Today was the same thing. Start the meeting at 8am and go until people get “punchy” then take a break and do it all over again. The first part was supposed to take two hours but instead we couldn’t keep to the schedule so it went for four hours. No getting out early. I actually was so tired that I felt my eyes get extremely heavy. I could have fell asleep if I closed my eyes. Instead I got up and went for a short walk to try to refresh myself. A very long day indeed.
Have my thoughts change? Not necessarily. I still believe that this could have been done via teleconference or some other type of process. This would have saved the company thousand and thousand of dollars. I am still firmly against spending money like this when you just completed layoffs. I think it is disrespectful, unprofessional and a slap in the face of all the laid off workers. When a company has lost millions of dollars they have no business conducting this type of frivolous trips. My opinion on that will never change.
Did I learn anything, sure I did but not enough to justify this nor do I believe that I couldn’t have learned the same thing on the phone.
Call me stubborn or ungrateful for the opportunity but I call it realistic and doing the right thing. My feelings are about being good stewards financially and ethically doing the right thing.
When my boss asks me what I thought. I will tell him the truth. That we should not have done this trip and instead done it via a conference call or some other way. We should have saved that money and used it to enhance our telecommunications ability. That I believe this was the wrong way and time to do this business trip. I wonder what his response will be…to be cont.
I am glad to be going home and so look forward to my own bed and my own coffee in the morning.
Well technically today was day three that I have been here. Today if you asked a question or found an issue you got a mini candy bar. Hmm reminds me of when I was in elementary school and that was 40 years ago. The good old days of milk, a snack and a nap. The only difference is I didn’t get a nap today.
Did I learn anything? Well not work related but I learned from the Uber driver that there was a great restaurant that had good food but an awesome bloody mary. I must try I said as he dropped me off at the hotel.
These days of sitting in an uncomfortable chair for 9 hours has to end. I never realized how old I was until I went to get up and thought to myself, oh lord I can’t straighten up. Of course I tried to act cool so no one would notice my struggles. The things we do to try to act young.
Today I did sit back and watch the room full of people and realized that I certainly work with some stuck up people. I saw the “cool” ones not talk to the others. I heard one state “I wouldn’t be caught dead in that ugly dress”. Terrible. So I suppose this is elementary school because isn’t that what they did back then too? I thought we were to old for that but I guess you are never to old to criticize and put down people who are less fortunate, have different tastes or just are plain unique.
So maybe I did learn something today. Who I want to be associated with at work and who will talk behind your back when they don’t like something.
Until tomorrow, Peace!
Well today was officially the first day of the 3 day meetings. It literally was 9 hours of people going through flow charts and every single box on the charts. I barely stayed awake and the primary reason I did was because I knew the people who were talking put in a lot of effort to get the documentation done. I didn’t want to be disrespectful.
With that, do I think it was valuable to me, the answer is no. I think I could have looked at the documentation myself and been fine. Did I learn anything specific, no I didn’t. I still think this was a wasted trip and my employer made a mistake by conducting this.
I did though learn something not pertaining to work. I took my very first Uber. Yup I am now in the group of Uber users. I have to say both drivers that I had today were extremely nice and had great stories so from that perspective I did learn something new.
Requesting a ride was so easy and literally the longest I waited was 7 minutes. Amazing for sure. Right when my meetings were ending, I just clicked the request button and bam by the time I walked down the stairs my driver was there.
I am hoping tomorrow I get the same type of drivers. At least I get a great story on the way to a wasted meeting day.
Hoping for a change tomorrow and I can report back that I learned something new and this trip was worth it.
If there is one thing I despise it is business trips. I hate them with a passion. Primarily because they could be done via conference calls or teleconference etc. but instead a company would rather spend thousands and thousands of dollars sending people to the southern part of the state for three days in a hotel suite.
Now some might say “wow you are ungrateful”. Oh no I am not. The company that I work for just got done with two rounds of layoffs. Money should be of the highest concern. Instead they send us away for three days and will have to reimburse for the hotel, miles and food.
I feel a bit angry that I have to be here and guilty that we are here when 200 people were let go. I tried to get out of it and offered to call in and follow along but my boss said I had to be here. Interesting when really I didn’t have to be in person because the information doesn’t necessarily pertain to me or the functions that I complete daily. Instead I feel like it is a big fat waste of money and honestly a waste of my time driving down here in total construction hell.
Tired, hot and agitated. Maybe tomorrow will be better. I can hope but its a 8-5 pure meeting day with a 45 minute lunch. It’s technically Monday thru Wednesday but we had to be down here tonight (Sunday).
This is day 1 and I will log each day that I am here. Let’s see if I am right about this trip or if I am wrong and can say I learned something.