Yesterday I drove to CT for our annual departmental luncheon. I went both because I felt obligated and because I think that telecommuters need to spend time with their coworkers once in a while. The sad thing is, half of my colleagues couldn’t be bothered to attend, even though most of them live within easy driving distance of the restaurant. Once upon a time, they would all have gone, just as they used to attend the lame company picnic. I guess they no longer care about putting on a show for the bosses. That I can at least understand.
Here’s the part I don’t understand. If you go, you get a free lunch and the remainder of the day off. Why pass that up? I mean, if you really don’t want to talk to your coworkers, just keep your mouth strategically stuffed with food. And if you’re ticked at the company for something, order the most expensive item on the menu and wash it down with a dozen appletinis.
I think my coworkers were crazy to refuse such a golden opportunity.