A Waste of Money Business Trip–Day 4

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.



A waste of Money Business Trip-Day 1…

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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.