Traveling on Business
When the boss calls you into their office, it can be nerve-racking. Why? What do they want? Are you about to be given a raise? A warning? More work than you know what to do with? Or are you about to be marched out with a “future endeavors” letter and security making sure you don’t pinch a stapler?
Worse. They want you to go on a business trip with them. Couldn’t they just fire you?
What’s the problem? This could be fun and endear you to your boss? Sure. But it’ll also make you a target for jealous co-workers. Your once steadfast work friends will look at you like a turncoat. However, that’s the least of your concerns.
Your boss wants to show you that they are a baller. You’ll realize that your boss doesn’t travel like you do when you go out alone. You are sipping expensive sparkling wine in the VIP lounge of the airport! You are getting all the leg room in business class while watching those plebs in economy try to sleep with their knees in their throats.
Then there is the nice hotel, with sheets that feel like they haven’t been involved in a Playboy Mansion orgy and a shower that you’re pretty sure became your favorite lover. Your boss is your single serving best friend as they splash out over meals and after business drinks all while flashing the company card.
This is the same boss that cut the company Christmas party because the company didn’t have the best year, switched the office coffee to cheap bulk buy instant, and the toilet paper to one ply. You have seen the corporate Jekyll & Hyde with Hyde wiping his butt on silk hotel bathrobes at $200 a pop!
Yet, when you return to the “real world” it’ll be like it never happened. You’ll go back to a normal life just hoping to have a chance at “that” life again. Just as that thought kicks in….your finger breaks through the one-ply paper. The bottom is reached. Literally and figuratively.