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FourthClass Tue 09-Apr-19 20:29:13

I have booked annual leave next week, taking 4 days of my entitlement.

I learnt today that next Thursday (bank holiday before Good Friday), the boss has paid for everyone to have a 'fun day'. No work will be done, everyone is going to a spa, then afternoon tea and drinking all afternoon, as an annual thank you to staff.

AIBU to feel short changed, and that it's unfair for me to lose a holiday day, while everyone else has a jolly as a paid work day? I can't cancel the holiday now, but I'm not sure whether to bring this up and argue my case for no holiday to be taken off me for this day, or if I'm petty?

StarTheGirl Tue 09-Apr-19 20:31:41

Oh that’s terrible luck! Not sure what you can do about it though... I did used to work in HR, but not at a particularly high level! Maybe someone more useful will come along soon winecakegin for you - sorry it’s not a spa day wink.

OnlyFoolsnMothers Tue 09-Apr-19 20:32:16

You’re being petty sorry- it’s not a day off work, it’s work providing an activity. I’d be a bit annoyed if there was a lack of notice as it sounds like fun to attend though

ThreeAnkleBiters Tue 09-Apr-19 20:32:51

I don't think there's anything you can do - it's just bad luck. YANBU to feel disappointed though!

TFBundy Tue 09-Apr-19 20:32:53

TBH that kind of jolly would have me booking a day off to avoid it! I think you will have the choice of coming along to the jolly or sucking it up. It's not AL and in theory it's a "work" thing.

Just sounds like crap planning.

MarthasGinYard Tue 09-Apr-19 20:33:48

If you don't really need to leave day ask if you can cancel it

If you do then it's just bad luck I guess

What a fab employer

Spa and tea

youarenotkiddingme Tue 09-Apr-19 20:34:40

Just ask your boss!

Say you'd obviously like to attend as it's a works thing and you wouldn't have booked day AL if you had known.

Ask how he can rectify it.

Worse case scenario you lose it as AL but get a great paid for day out.

ForalltheSaints Tue 09-Apr-19 20:36:03

Bad luck- these things can happen. Though for some I'd view it as a bonus as I am not a fan of work jollys.

PlainSpeakingStraightTalking Tue 09-Apr-19 20:36:13

The 'fun day' is a work day, it's team building. You are not there, contributing to the team.

It's a suck it up sort of thing

FadedRed Tue 09-Apr-19 20:36:45

Nothing to stop you asking.
Personally I’d find the ‘fun day’ excruciating and prefer to work. If the management want to thank staff, then enforced ‘fun’ is not the way to go about it. Give people a gift, a cash bonus or equivalent to those whose benefits/credits would be affected by cash bonus, or extra leave time to do what they want. Not everyone will enjoy a spa and tea and chat with their work colleagues. I’d take a a/l day to avoid this. Miserable git that I am.

GreytExpectations Tue 09-Apr-19 20:37:46

That is a shame OP but its just simple bad luck. You cant blame work for this and doing so would be very petty.

Ariela Tue 09-Apr-19 20:41:53

When I worked for (large corporate company) any team building days were normal work days, if you' d already booked off as holiday for the day tough luck you missed out on the team day but you didn't gain back a day's holiday

Bluntness100 Tue 09-Apr-19 20:42:49

This isn't a day off though, it's a team activity and everyone is intended to attend, it's not come or have a day off. So yes asking for a day's extra vacation isn't on really,

TheCraicDealer Tue 09-Apr-19 20:43:45

It's similar to people who book off Xmas Eve and then their workplace announces a half day or something for those who chose to work. You have the benefit of having a lie in, the whole day is your own, and you've been anticipating that since you booked the leave which is one of the best parts of AL. None of that has changed. If work let you keep the day's leave then that creates the opportunity for others to say, "well I don't really want to do the spa day, so I can I skip it and have a free day's leave like FourthClass?". Which completely defeats the point of the excerise.

I would only consider mentioning anything if you genuinely wanted to go to the event, and given it's a thank you they'll probably let you cancel the leave and go if you give them time to amend numbers. Unless they're being dicks. But then dicks don't tend to plan spa days for their staff.

BasinHaircut Tue 09-Apr-19 20:43:59

It’s still a work day. Work are still calling the shots. Unless you want to go on the jolly then you take annual leave.

PinkSparklyPussyCat Tue 09-Apr-19 20:44:54

I'd be grateful I was going to miss it!

InspectorClouseauMNdivision Tue 09-Apr-19 20:46:04

"Like, I know I wanted off from work so I can do my stuff, but since you all are not working and having fun for free my stuff can wait"

I don't think that would go down well. Bad luck, that's all, you might have to get over it.

SuperSara Tue 09-Apr-19 20:46:40


Unless they’ve told other staff they have the choice of joining the spa day or just taking the day off.

Which they definitely won’t have done.

AmIRightOrAMeringue Tue 09-Apr-19 20:47:14

If you want a day on the work jolly just ask to cancel your holiday?

InspectorClouseauMNdivision Tue 09-Apr-19 20:48:13

Ffs. Misread the post🙄 Lucky I don't have to refund you now....

It's still work. They have to attend. Unless you attend, you should still take annual leave.

MrsMoastyToasty Tue 09-Apr-19 20:48:26

Do you really want to see all your colleagues in fluffy bathrobes?....or Dave from accounts having a treatment?....

Nnnnnineteen Tue 09-Apr-19 20:48:50

It is a work day. It is a day where your colleagues will be doing team building activities. Join them or don't, but you are not being short changed!

KnitterOfSocks Tue 09-Apr-19 20:49:55

I would book annual leave to avoid that particular hell

Neverender Tue 09-Apr-19 20:50:38

I'd ask for the day back! They're silly not to mention what happens if you've already got it booked off.

StarTheGirl Tue 09-Apr-19 20:51:18

Do you really want to see all your colleagues in fluffy bathrobes?....or Dave from accounts having a treatment?....

grin it’s a fair point, but it probably depends on your colleagues! Obviously the op’s would be fine in fluffy bathrobes, or she wouldn’t be on here! It would be “AIBU to be so relieved I don’t have to endure the horror of seeing Barry from IT having a head massage” 😂.

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