AmericaNext month, Catherine will go on vacation for 5 days in Cancun, Mexico with blue sea and white sand with 300 people in the company, but just thinking about it makes her tired and wants to run away.
“I’ve never met or sat with these employees. I was forced to take the trip like when I was in school,” said Catherine (name changed), 33 years old.
After two years of the epidemic, many US companies are generously sponsoring employees to travel at high-end resorts, but many people do not want to go because they are used to working from home and want to receive money rather than waste time. to be reluctant to appear cheerful. Losing connection with colleagues, not wanting to return to the office after the pandemic is a current situation in many US workplaces.
Sean Hoff, founder of Moniker Travel, Canada, said that agencies are burning money on luxury vacations thanks to the big savings by not having to rent an office during the two years of the pandemic.
“Many businesses have booked the most advanced service packages,” said Hoff, and said that on average, the company organizes 30 tours per month for US companies at a cost of up to $50,000, double that of 2019. The places that are often chosen for relaxation are St. Tropez, Paris (France), Barcelona (Spain) and Dublin (Ireland). But company trips bring more trouble than necessary rest.
“What do I have to wear? I don’t want to wear a bikini in front of my colleagues,” Catherine said, recalling the experience of having to sit through boring HR speeches, or watch over young employees 25-30 years old. to make sure they don’t overeat, at previous trips.
Although the trips are not compulsory, most employees are still reluctant to go, except for those with young children. Angelica, 30, who works in the media industry, also had an unpleasant experience while traveling with the company.
Fearing that her boss would not be pleased, she was forced to sign up for a trekking trip to a farm in San Antonio with 25 colleagues at the London, Paris and Mexico branches in March. The three-day trip included horseback riding, dining out. heaven and talk about campfire work.
But Angelica showed her distaste. “I am uncomfortable sharing a room with a French colleague who does not speak English, and the food is too greasy. Even in the group, there are people with Covid-19, but the company still did not cancel the trip. go,” Angelica said.
Charlie Saffro, 44, the CEO of a company, decided to spend $80,000 to book a three-day trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico for all 30 employees in February. But the manager soon realized most of it. The staff was not enthusiastic at all. They were apprehensive and thought the trip might just be for a change of place of work.
To make the atmosphere comfortable, the female CEO decided to let all employees take time off work during the trip. “As a manager, I think I need to understand the aspirations of my employees. I don’t want them to lose their temper, so I always find a way to retreat after dinner. People will connect with each other better if the boss is no longer there. We often joke that what happens in Cabo will stay in Cabo,” Charlie shared.
Minh Phuong (According to NyPost)