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Old 02-21-2007, 04:24 PM   #1
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This from our organization's newsletter under "Special Recognition":

"XXXX XXXXX is recognized for his willingness to go “Above and Beyond the Call of Duty” with his attendance at the XXXXX Virtual Team Meeting. What was so special about XXXX’s participation? It conflicted with a very important personal commitment – his honeymoon."

I predict his career will last longer than his marriage.....
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There are idiots born every day....
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There should be a "special" recognition award for the most idiotic memo distributed by management.
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Maybe it was a veiled warning never to work with this guy.
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Maybe it was a veiled warning never to work with this guy.


-- thinly veiled at that.
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No, that was the woman he left just after the ceremony.
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Well ... notice it was a "virtual" team meeting. i.e., he logged on, perhaps from the jacuzzi ... dumb all around. :
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Good management would have told this guy - a good employee has a balanced life and to go on his honeymoon.

My lesson from work is listen to what management says but follow what they do.
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One has to question the whole organization when this sort of thing can be considered to be a prize winning situation. :P
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One has to question the whole organization when this sort of thing can be considered to be a prize winning situation. :P
Now that the priorities have been unambiguously set forth, I'm sure that his spouse has a few emergent questions of her own to think through...
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Like "What the #$%^ did I get myself into?" followed by "Now whats that cute Best Man's number again?"
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Virtual Team Meeting? Was this just an Internet meeting? If so, not a big deal if he just checked in one day. If he skipped his honeymoon for work it's a different deal.
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Virtual Team Meeting? Was this just an Internet meeting? If so, not a big deal if he just checked in one day. If he skipped his honeymoon for work it's a different deal.
No. No checking in or internet meetings on a honeymoon. Either you are on your honeymoon, or you are not! At least, in my opinion that should be the one week of a person's life when they can completely focus on something other than work.
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Virtual Team Meeting? Was this just an Internet meeting? If so, not a big deal if he just checked in one day. If he skipped his honeymoon for work it's a different deal.
WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG WRONG.....

The guy was on his HONEYMOON... nothing in work should be more important... it is the people who think that even one day or one hour on a 'meeting' is OK...

Just my opinion...
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This might need to be a poll, but I guess I don't see a problem with spending an hour on a conference call/videoconference during your honeymoon. I wouldn't care if DW had to do it, and I don't think she would care if I did it.

Of course, we aren't tied down to our jobs, and our time in the evenings and weekends is 95% "our time". I could see a demanding DW (not my DW though!) being adamant about no work calls/emails during the 1 week honeymoon so it is "special", assuming the rest of the husband's life is run by work.

Just make sure she's prepaid at the spa for a massage and manicure when I'm on the conference call!
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The scary thing is, although we are all almost universally horrified at this,
we are somewhat of a select group. That is, by definition (FIRE) we are
people who perhaps have a healthier perspective on the whole work-life
balance thing than do many people. Now of course many people simply
do not have the luxury of considering RE, but there are also a great many
other people for whom "their work is their life" and who cannot find
real meaning without work. Pity.

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"their work is their life"
You got that allright.

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Old 02-22-2007, 12:37 PM   #18
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The scary thing is, although we are all almost universally horrified at this,
we are somewhat of a select group. That is, by definition (FIRE) we are
people who perhaps have a healthier perspective on the whole work-life
balance thing than do many people. Now of course many people simply
do not have the luxury of considering RE, but there are also a great many
other people for whom "their work is their life" and who cannot find
real meaning without work. Pity.


The difference is in the attitude of the various parties....

there is the boss who expects these kinds of things and will punish you if you did not attend even if you were on your honeymoon and even if you are a good employee...

there are the people who think that they can get ahead by 'kissing a$$' and think this will show they are a company guy...

there are the people who think they would get fired if they did not show up...

For me, I would not want a boss that would punish me for missing a meeting.. I don't deal with work when I am on vacation, don't even call to see if there are messages, no email etc... and I have not had any boss want to get rid of me for doing so... it is the employee that does these things to themselves...
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Try being a self employed small business owner. I was asked a business question by a client at my own wedding reception. I've been asked business questions twice at relatives funerals while standing at a loved one's grave.

Calling in once or twice on a week long Honeymoon is nothing.
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You got that allright.

I am not my job, it's just what I do
I am not my car, it's just what I drive
I am not my house, it's just where I live

- Work to live, not the other way around
Adding this to my list of greatest quotes from the forum that I'm finally putting together! Thanks! If anyone had wanted my mostly drunken contributions to a meeting held during our honeymoon 14 years ago, they certainly didn't think to ask!

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