Having to share a room with an co-worker [VENT]

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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1007 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Arr, that sucks.  Would getting a dr’s note about your condition help?  Maybe they could address your need for privacy due to a medical condition without getting into the nitty gritty.  

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@BlueMockingbird:  oh hell no. HELL. NO. Stand your ground on this one — definitely keep repeating ‘medical issues’ until they back down on this. Because that is awful and I would never go on a trip where I was required to room with someone not of my choosing. No way.

My dad travels internationally a LOT for work, and he always flies business class. As he puts it, “if they [the company] can’t afford to send me business class, then they can’t afford to send me. Period.” And I like that mantra. If they can’t afford to get you your own hotel room, then they can’t afford to send you on this trip.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@BlueMockingbird: It is pretty standard, I think, for junior employees to share rooms.  I have no reference point for your health issues, so bear that in mind when considering my thoughts, but I would say, explain that it is a health issue, but I wouldn’t expect them to say yes.  They may say “we can do it if you have documentation,” in which case get the documentation.  But, when they say no, suck it up and do the uncomfortable thing.  It’s annoying that it’s so long; that makes it more desirable to have a second room, but also much less likely that they’ll oblige you.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Hell no.  HELL NO.  Put me up in my own room or I’ll stay home.  They take you away from home for their own profit, they provide all the comforts of home for you – including privacy.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@almostmrsj:  ding ding dingggg!!!! I raise hell whenever my travel department tries to make me fly out of some bumf**k-ass airport because “it’s cheaper.” I’m like, NO, you are a business, and thus it is not up to me to be horribly inconvenienced just so you can save some money. If you can’t afford to fly me out of the regular airport, then I guess this trip isn’t very important and I can just stay home!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@iarebridezilla:  Lesson learned, I request flight numbers and hotels by address.  “Is this the hotel I requested?  Was that one not within our corporate guidline ($120)?  Oh it was?  Ok, I’ll wait for you to change it.”

Post # 10
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Busy bee

@BlueMockingbird:  no, I’m a flight attendant and under no circumstances would I have to share a room with a coworker. I don’t think that’s right personally. Can you talk to HR about it? If not well maybe stress leave is in order.

Post # 11
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7997 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Wow, we’re “funded” by public money and in no circumstances would we have to share a hotel room with a coworker. I would talk to HR about this.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

If they don’t grant you that request see if they will at least give you a suite, usually that way you’ll have 2 separate bedrooms with a shared living area & you’ll have a private bathroom! I had to share a room on a business trip once and those were the conditions it was definitely more private than sharing 1 single hotel room with 2 beds lol.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@BlueMockingbird:  You don’t have to say it nicely. 

“I’m not going unless you put me up in my own room and you should do the same for every employee.  Myself personally I have medical issues I don’t wish to discuss with you, but I need my privacy.  I have it in my own home and expect you to at the very least put me in a private room when you take me from the comforts of my own home overnight, nonetheless for 2-3 weeks.”

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@canarydiamond:  Same here.  Our agency specifically prohibits room sharing to prevent bad situations from happening.

Post # 16
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Busy bee

@BlueMockingbird: you get a note from a doctor saying you are too stressed out to work. you are perfectly welcome to go to HR when issues are not dealt with on the management level.

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