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Company business on day of holiday party?

New WwOA53
Nov 27

Our company holiday party is in early Jan, as some companies do. I pointed out to my boss today that he scheduled a week long meeting out of town that would involve several of us missing said party. The meeting venue is fluid and could be hosted here. He got my concern but seemed not inclined to change anything. Seems like a poor move to me. Thoughts?

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  • Microsoft XKWP47
    Thoughts and prayers!
    Nov 2710
    • New WwOA53
      OP
      I know it’s a relatively small matter but A company‘s holiday party is as much political as it is anything else. One wouldn’t just not show up. It’s generally expected that people show up.
      Nov 27
    • Salesforce CloudSurfr
      Lol, why would you have to show up. Maybe you have other things planned
      Dec 2
    • EA / Ops
      dexw85

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      dexw85more
      No one gives two shits if you don’t go to the god damn company holiday party.
      Dec 2
    • Salesforce CloudSurfr
      Lol, exactly
      Dec 2
    • Microsoft XKWP47
      OP should just quit and move to a different company to be able to join their holiday party!
      Dec 2
    • Intuit Merc77
      I honestly don’t care about holiday party. If you had to care at your job well.... thoughts prayers...
      Dec 2
    • New / Eng
      elliot

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      elliotmore
      Man, fuck holiday parties. I don't want to spend all my time with coworkers.
      7d
    • LinkedIn / EngCarpetCog
      "A company‘s holiday party is as much political as it is anything else. One wouldn’t just not show up. It’s generally expected that people show up."

      This statement would worry me far more than anything else said here so far. I don't think I've worked at a company so far where this felt true, and I hope never to.
      7d
    • Cisco / OtherExogenous
      This is extremely true from small to medium company size. Beyond that no one cares or noticed.
      6d
    • Capital One lNfz14
      This year was my first time in a company that had a holiday party and I was shocked at how many people actually showed. All the big names were there.
      2d
  • Amazon / EngAquaim
    Feels like business is more important than a holiday party unless you are like 13 years old
    Dec 20
    • Uber / EngAreJay45
      This hashtag is just for us ;-)
      7d
  • Dropbox Gbo
    Also nobody cares if you don’t show up, get wasted and try to grope someone
    Dec 21
  • Box WTkv08
    I think you should skip the meeting and go to the holiday party and see what happens. Let us know. Good luck!
    Dec 20
  • Glassdoor vvvvvvvw
    OP - thanks for boring all of us.
    Dec 21
    • Salesforce qbHf01
      Love seeing someone from Glassdoor being a dick
      7d
  • Amazon / EngChiLe
    Do we still have it this year
    Dec 29
    • Amazon rhuW84
      No, we get a concert
      Dec 2
    • Microsoft / Engæ
      Who's playing?
      Dec 2
    • Amazon LEgirl
      It was the Summer Prime Day concert.
      Dec 2
    • Microsoft / Engæ
      With Lorde?
      Dec 2
    • Amazon LEgirl
      No that was last year’s holiday party, the final one ever.
      Dec 2
    • Amazon LEgirl
      This year’s concert was demi lavato
      Dec 2
    • Microsoft / Engæ
      Damn, that party was awesome. Sorry to hear
      Dec 2
    • Amazon Jеff Bezоs
      OP is not likely to be at Amazon. Or if he is a new Amazon employee, he’s very confused about the political nature of the party.
      Dec 2
    • TriNet AYwy24
      Was Demi lovato paid in coke lines ?
      7d
  • Splunk Notmyname6
    It seems to be more popular the higher up you go. If you addressed it with your VP they would expect you all to go. HR expects everyone to stop all business and go to the damm party!!
    Dec 20
  • Amazon Ikghhk
    Poor baby
    Dec 20
  • Erickson Living / Other✌️
    I feel you, my old boss who is now newly minted CIO kept tabs on who attended corporate events. I’m pretty sure nothing has changed since the promotion.

    Just say loudly that you’re sad to miss the party due to a work meeting every time you’re in the kitchen with a bigwig.
    Dec 21
  • Micro Focus
    Piqued

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    Piquedmore
    What's a holiday party???? Does anyone have them anymore????
    Dec 21
    • Cruise Automation / Eng⬆️
      I'm sorry that your company does not. My condolences.
      6d
  • Intuit jfoepplioa
    Company holiday parties are lame.
    Dec 20
  • Intel Roggik
    It’s a holiday party, who gives a shit
    Dec 20
  • Intuit / Eng
    j123x

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    j123xmore
    Only companies with some profit😜
    Dec 20
  • Tableau OhBilly
    Depending on your position I would bring up the large impact to morale at stake here and that ultimately low morale will lead to less productivity and then finally less profit.
    Dec 20
  • GE
    shdd

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    shddmore
    What is a company holiday party? Never heard of it
    Dec 20
  • Amazon
    teardrop.c

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    hi2u
    teardrop.cmore
    Throw your own holiday party and invite everyone with you except him.
    7d1
    • Cruise Automation / Eng⬆️
      This is actually sometimes a viable alternative. Sometimes departments have parties rather than the whole company
      6d
  • Microsoft jPzm21
    OP never said where the week long meeting is taking place. Just out of town. Is it in an exotic location or Vegas or something? Your boss could be setting you up with a way better holiday party or vacation on the company dime.

    Or, they just want a valid excuse to not go to some apparently political holiday party
    Dec 21
    • New WwOA53
      OP
      It may be in Miami but, trust me, no matter where we go for work, there is barely a minute unscheduled. A conference room in a hotel that can be anywhere is what we will see most.
      Dec 2
  • Take your boss to the bars after your meeting and have them expense it! There is your party...do you really want to get shitfaced in front of your coworkers? If you want to party with them go to HH.
    7d0
  • Synopsys Gsue463
    Wwoa53 sounds like your boss is an ass. This move shows he doesn't give a crap about the people below him.

    Holiday parties are a perk and he's blocking everyone from that perk. Party may or may not be good, you may or may not get shit faced. It doesn't matter. He's blocking all of you and that's a reflection of his management.

    Sometimes there are unavoidable business issues, but as you stated that's not the case here. If it was, he needs to state that's the case.

    I wouldn't want to be a part of his family either
    5d0
  • Proofpoint / Eng
    No more

    ProofpointEng

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    No moremore
    In my opinion company is cheap . And your boss wanted to save 💰
    7d0
  • Soon after I joined a new org, I once had a boss who scheduled an important meeting over my all-day org orientation meeting.
    7d0
  • NIO john123
    Not worth it. Even if u show up no one cares
    Dec 20
  • New / Engggg1
    Tell him that you'll take care of the logistics. He's too busy to care about something he deems trivial.
    Dec 20
  • Wayfair addA30
    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    Dec 20
  • Intuit / Eng
    j123x

    IntuitEng

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    j123xmore
    Nothing to worry.
    Dec 20

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