Economics/Class Relations

Employees miserable over lavish work retreats, calling them ‘forced fun’

By New York Post

Next month, Catherine can look forward to sinking her toes in the sand, with a piña colada in hand, at a five-star, all-inclusive resort in Cancun.

The trip is also all-expenses-paid, as her company will be footing the bill. The only problem is: The product manager — who, like most of her colleagues at the marketing firm, works remotely — is dreading it.

“I don’t feel like drinking with my co-workers at an all-inclusive resort. It’s literally forced fun,” the 33-year-old told The Post. (“Catherine” is not her real name — she was afraid of getting fired if she revealed her identity.)

“They’re really pulling out all the stops, but it’s going to be a lot of work,” she said of the trip, which will be five days and will include 300 of her co-workers, many of whom she’s never met in person. “It’s giving me ‘senior in high school goes to Disney World’ vibes.”

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