So the company I was doing some contracting for last week had a mandatory off-site retreat for the employees on Friday and Saturday. The company is a regular 10-to-6, Monday-through-Friday routine.
Which required the employees to use two personal vacation days to attend.
Don’t ask me why they needed to use vacation days, least of all a vacation day to attend on a Saturday.
They stated that it was mandatory that I attend, but as I was a contractor, I would have to pay my own way to attend.
I would have to pay for the hotel (fancy place at $450/night), food ($250/pre-catered) and the $1,600 course fees for whatever bullshit they had cooked up from an outside motivational speaker. A total of $2,750 to attend their mandatory retreat.
But the icing on the cake is, because I am a contractor and not actually working those two days because I will be at the mandatory retreat, I wouldn’t get paid for my time.
After confirming that they were serious, I quit.
The line they used on me after I stated that I was no longer interested in continuing the contract?
“This just shows you aren’t a team player and are not committed to our company vision.”