Well Isn't That a Bitch

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

This week isn't turning out as well as it should have. Tomorrow is our sales retreat, and we were supposed to leave work at around lunch and go to Phily for the night. It would have been a night of talking (drinking) and bonding (debauchery), followed by some actual work and a meeting on Friday. I was hoping to get "Cute Boss" drunk so that I could take advantage, but unfortunately, fate has decided that it won't happen. Our GM started questioning the cost (hmm.... sending the group that brings ALL of the revenue into the hotel, not to mention won Sales Team of the Year-North America last year, and earned this hotel eight figures in revenue last year, out of town for ONE night a year is far too expensive). The funny thing is, the company keeps shoving this new brand initiative down our throats- some warm, fuzzy feelings* bullshit. Kind of ironic that we're supposed to feel like the company cares about us when they make us "tone down" the cost of our retreat. So instead we are meeting at one of our DC properties for the day tomorrow for just the meeting part of our plans (boring). And yes, WE will be buying our own lunch as well. Damn it all to hell. Warm, fuzzy shit* my ass

Long story short, I won't be able to post or comment tomorrow :-( because I will me in a stuffy meeting room.

*This is not actually the slogan, but my version of it. If I told you all what it actually was, someone out there would do some research and find out where I work. Can't have y'all stalking me now, can I? (unless you're cute, then by all means, stalk away)


Betty 6/21/2006 02:14:00 PM  

That is so funny, I was just charged with planning our department retreat and cringed as well.

Andy 6/21/2006 02:33:00 PM  

I don't even get a retreat. In fact, I'm still waiting for the commission I made in February.

Just be happy you're getting paid on time.

The only good thing in my life right now is I'm the balls at peeling oranges.

NotCarrie 6/21/2006 02:57:00 PM  

I never get to go anywhere for work:(

Ashburnite 6/21/2006 03:11:00 PM  

betty- I would've love to have been able to plan it, but unfortunately, the company decided to go with the cheapest option. :-(

andy- ick....February?

notcarrie- I actually never get to go anywhere. Our sales managers go to a rally in San Diego every January, but I'm just the peon that runs all of their numbers and makes sure they get their bonuses. This was supposed to be the first time I got to go anywhere.

Raincouver 6/21/2006 03:57:00 PM  

Ash... I'm glad you didn't mention the true slogan!

And I know what you mean. My sales retreats usually involve a cabin out in the boonies... no wireless, not even a bloody cell phone signal!!! Yes, it's supposed to be for bonding and...

oooooh. Better stop there. Let's just say I have witnessed some interesting behaviour from certain colleagues. One time it even kept me up at night (wish I had earplugs)... that moaning and panting will haunt me for the rest of my days!!!!
By the way - San Diego rocks!

C$ 6/22/2006 08:01:00 AM  

At least you get to go somewhere off site...for our strategic planning retreat we go to go to....

the conference room in the other building (my company is currently in 3 different buildings) and we ordered in from Cosi. Whopp-de-freakin-do

good luck with being stuck in a meeting all day :/

nicole 6/22/2006 10:08:00 AM  

Dude, The Man makes me hate him more and more every day.

Why do they even bother trying to make us THINK they care? Nobody's falling for it! All this "Every employee is important" BS is getting rather stale.

Sucks that you're stuck in a meeting all day. We'll hold down the fort for you.

Kirsten 6/22/2006 10:35:00 AM  

I hope your enjoying the fuzzy warm shit today...lol...girl, when it rains it pours for you...just know that we are all here for and me especially..lol...don't forget, you still gotta send me that link, and I am so grateful to you and your words of encouregment...you are the best, girl, and I know I don't tell you that enough...so just know, I appreciat you...I hope you're having a good day
take care
:)Just me

David in DC,  6/22/2006 12:36:00 PM  

Give Marion Barry his props, when he ran DC, they spared no expense on off-site strategic planning sessions.

He also refused to call them "retreats". In DC, in the Barry era, managers and leaders went on "advances".

The guy's a rogue, but DC politics is much more boring with him marginalized.

mgc 6/22/2006 12:58:00 PM  

remember to play bullshit bingo while you are in your meeting. have fun!

Ricardo 6/22/2006 02:31:00 PM  

I absolutely hate company retreats. They are designed to reprogram you into a corporate cult member.

White Dade 6/22/2006 02:51:00 PM  

Nothing like the company making you shell out for your own lunch at corporate meeitng. man, even my old company didn't pull that shit. They'd cancel the annual christmas party before they would pull that. Back me up, JenJen.

Tara 6/22/2006 10:24:00 PM  

Aww, crap with a double P. I'm sorry, Ashburn, the "talking" and "bonding" part sounded much better to me too. Hell that would be enough motivation to make up for the years my company didn't motivate us.

Ashburnite 6/23/2006 09:41:00 AM  

rain- haha...well, unfortunately there was absolutely NO debauchery. I'm more than a little disappointed about that.

c$- I'm actually suprised they didn't make us stay here at the hotel for the shindig. I think we made a deal with the hotel that hosted us to get the meeting room for cheap. I'm just pissed we had to pay for our own lunch.

nicole- amen. Why tell us that we matter, then take away our retreat AND tell us that we can only use one specific "employee entrance" because they don't want us going in the same doors as the guests. Bastards.

kirsten- thank-you. And hang in there... (we'll chat later). and btw, it really does pour for me...had a really bad night wednesday too...I'll have to tell you all about it later.

Ashburnite 6/23/2006 09:44:00 AM  

david- you're right...DC politics are SO much more boring now that MB is not mayor.

mgc- it's funny you should say that. I was sitting next to Chick Boss and we realized toward the end of the thing that we should have been playing that.

ricardo- I think you're right. They're trying to make me into a corporate drone. IT WON'T HAPPEN!

WD- yeah, they're starting to get very stingy around here. Although, the day before all of the department heads went to dinner in Anapolis. I wonder if THEY had to buy their own meals. Doubt it.

Ashburnite 6/23/2006 09:46:00 AM  

nic- damn...there goes another point.

tara- I know...the "talking and bonding" part was the only part I was looking forward to. After all, it would take a few drinks to get Cute Boss to hook up with one of his employees (me).

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