Post # 1
Ok, before I start I am just going to say that I know I should be happy I have a job in this rough economy because I’m sure there are many Bees out there who wish they had a job.
But this, ugh, I am just so upset about this crap and my Darling Husband is sick of listening to me. lol
The company I work for does a yearly Texas Hold’em tournament for their customers. And each year I get upset about this and of course this year is no exception except I am even more on the war path about it.
Everyone in the office is “invited” but for some people it’s an unspoken mandatory event. (I fall into this category.) We do NOT get paid. I end up working the entire time because they stick me on the computer making sure guys are registered and taken out of the tournament as they go out. My other unspoken mandatory co-workers also work with registration and act like waitresses all night long.
I just feel it is VERY unfair that some people can politely decline the invite and some of us have to come or it is majorly “frowned upon” and the lady who takes charge of this all year put the fear of God into her new assistant about coming telling her “you’ll get fired if you don’t.”
So we have to dress up, and parade around these guys as they get drunk. I don’t know how the rest of my co-workers feel but I am a married woman and I do not want to spend my evening hanging around a bunch of drunken assholes.(Not all of them are but the majority).
And also I think we should get paid. I am not even out for overtime, I’d take straight time. We are there from 4pm-midnight (or later!).
But it just burns me up so bad that I had no choice in the matter. I wasn’t even given the invite like everyone else in the office to decide if I could come or not, they just marked me down as a yes.
One of the invited employees last year came and brought his girlfriend who ended up also waitressing (she took it majorly far too, giving the guys backrubs) and two of us watched our boss hand her money at the end of the night. Uh, WTF?
One of the older ladies in the office put it bluntly to me, “You guys are just eye candy.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Post # 3
I don’t even see how it’s legal to make you work an event without paying. I would consider complaining to the state’s board of labor.
Post # 4
I am sorry but what is the HR dept doing about this. I have an HR background and that sounds like major Red Flag to me.
Post # 5
I think that sucks! I think it should be optional and without question you should get paid for it. Boo to that company!!!
Post # 6
Wow. I am salary so I’m required to “volunteer” to assist with events. I work in the casino industry to thankfully we have cocktail waitresses for the eye candy part and I can get by with the simple things. What would happen if you told them you were not coming and that was that?
Post # 7
IDK – I guess I don’t see it as that big of a deal. Sometimes I have to get up early for teleconferences and/or presentations (like 5am call-in) or make phone calls to Austalia late in the evening. And these things happen year round. It’s part of the job – working hours aren’t always just 9-5. Maybe it’s because I’m salaried but I certainly don’t think I’d be as upset as you are.
The threats to your job for declining to attend (since many are able to decline without issue) does seem like a problem though.
Post # 8
I’m also a salaried worker so I can’t get paid for work I do outside of the office. there have been a few times in the past where I had to help out at my company holiday party — isn’t the whole point of a holiday party to thank the employees for their year of hard work? so annoying.
so I feel your pain! is there any way you can get out of it? like, if it’s on a friday or saturday can you say that you were going to be out of town or something?
Post # 9
It is on a Saturday. And as far as the HR department, well the company I work for is completely family owned buisness so the one and only HR person is one of the family so yeah.
I’m in an hourly position, I’ve been salary before in previous jobs and I know all about that. But when I was a salaried manager we were told employees never ever work off the clock.
I know that I probably shouldnt be as upset about it as I am, but this is just the straw. I have been putting my resume in other places. I inquired about a raise at the end of December since I have been there 5 years without one. I was assured it would happen. Well it hasn’t, and I understand that maybe it’s just not possible for them. But I would have just rather have been told no when I asked instead of being told something to basically just blow me off.
I would love to get out of it, only because the managment made me mad but I don’t want my other mandatory co-workers to get pissed off at me so I’ll go do what I have to and get out.
Just need to vent about it, lol