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Very tiring day and i don't want to do it anymore

March 27th, 2014 at 06:02 pm

Today I was on the road for 7 hours (round trip) to attend a 1-hour meeting at another of my employer's offices out of state. Frankly, I'm exhausted.

I drove up with 2 other contract workers and i wasn't doing the driving, but it was still so tiring, as I had to get up at 5:30 am and due to hot flashes since 2010, I never sleep well to begin with, so having to get up early with the hot flashes just meant i got even less sleep than usual. So i am dragging now.

This was a meeting they pushed for us all to attend because we were to hear the new head of our dept. expound on her goals for the company, blah blah blah.

As a contractor who doesn't get the benefit of the full range of employee benefits, I guess I have less than the desirable rah rah attitude.

What's more, they want to start doing "team building" meetings at same location once every quarter now. An all-day event, 9 to 5 p.m.

I've just decided I can't do this again. Now my boss goes up to this location very frequently, like nearly every other week, but the difference is, she'll go up for several days, sometimes the whole week, and she'll either stay in a hotel or at her daughter's. But we are told to get up there and then drive home same day.

Even worse, you'd think they'd schedule the meetings with some consideration for those of us coming up from CT, but no, they often schedule the meetings for 9 a.m., forcing me, for instance, to get up at 4:30, to leave by 5:30, to be there by 9 am.

Ridiculous.

Of all the people who go there from CT, I probably have the longest drive becus i happen to live furthest west. But even so, the others still have a total of about 6 hours on the road, so just a little more for me.

I'm wondering if I should just tell my boss or what. I really want to before the next meeting in May. Otherwise, they really like me there becus I'm doing a good job. They keep a tight lid on expenses so they probably wouldn't permit to stay overnight in a hotel, especially when others don't do that.

5 Responses to “Very tiring day and i don't want to do it anymore”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    Do you all get paid drive time?
    If not, maybe that is the angle I'd take.
    'Course if you have a solid relationship with the boss I would lay it out how crappy it is to have to go through all this - doubt you are the only one who hates it.

  2. PatientSaver Says:

    Yes, i would get reimbursed for mileage, so can't say that...

    Probably half a dozen people at my office do it somewhat regularly, but some of them are perm employees, so they have more at stake. The other half of us are contract employees. Everyone dislikes it, especially those with families, but everyone largely keeps their families to themselves rather than speak up.

  3. TashaC. Says:

    wow. The hoops employers put on their employees these days. I agree that the hassle really hits morale.

  4. Nika Says:

    Maybe suggest that they broadcast the meeting to other offices so that employees that don't have questions or want to participate in a discussion can have a choice of watching it remotely, at a cost savings to the company.

  5. CB in the City Says:

    I think they should figure out how to provide remote access. It's the twenty-first century. Smile

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