Hotel strange question...

Old Mar 22nd, 2002, 07:12 AM
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xxx, I'm seriously trying to understand the logic here. If the employee is not expected to work over the weekend, why do you care whether he spends it in Boston or NYC?

I can see why you wouldn't pay for the transport to another city, or duplicate hotel rooms if he keeps the one in Boston, but why do you care which city he has lunch in? Or sleeps in? Would he have to spend the whole weekend IN BOSTON for you to pay for his meals? What if he went to Cambridge? Brookline? Cape Cod? Is this employee your indentured servant, bound to stay in Boston even though he's giving up a weekend with his home and family?
 
Old Mar 22nd, 2002, 03:48 PM
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This sounds like a bad Dilbert Cartoon!

I agree with Ellen's reply to the BeanCounter.

Those in charge of employee reimbursement get all too caught up with the "little" rules. They don't think that they've taken their employee's weekend away from him. What's Norm's time worth? If you don't want to pay a few bucks of the company's money, when you're keeping Norm from his home and family, then maybe Norm should check out, fly home, and return on Monday. Sure, it will cost the company (or its customer) more money, but at least the beancounters won't worry about that Norm was doing a few things on his own while stuck out of town for 2 weeks on business. It's my experience that the beancounters make it hard on the company travelers because they're jealous of having be be stuck in a cubicle all day. But Norm's probably generating revenue for the company, while the accountants are just generating paper.
 
Old Mar 23rd, 2002, 03:43 AM
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As an accountant by trade, it really irritates me to read postings by true beancounters....those who can't see the forest from the trees.

Why should the company deny anyone a weekend off - does it count that this person is away from home (and probably family) during this extended 3 week period? What difference does it make whether a hundred bucks is spent in one town versus another - and better yet, what if the company actually saves money?!

Get a grip!

To Norm, whatever you decide to do, please notify the hotel of your plans. They will double lock your door and re-open it for you upon your return. If you don't tell them, it will definitely cause a problem - they will think you are missing, etc.
 
Old Mar 25th, 2002, 12:16 AM
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As a bean counter I am not losing my job because one of my fellow colleagues feels the need to cheat on a travel voucher. More often than not, if our employees are expected to stay over a weekend there is usually a reason for it. Meetings, gatherings, etc. that are essential. Also, our employees get paid for the hours they work on travel, we have built that in. The original poster of this did ask a good question about his room, but the fact is that he is real question was should I be honest with my employer? most of the anwers were no, that say alot about those posters. Where have moral and ethics gone? I hope that you are all business owners who have employees that rip you off, since you obviously feel that it is ok to do this...
 
Old Mar 25th, 2002, 04:47 AM
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xxx, I think you don't understand the situation. Whenever I have been sent out of town for 2 weeks, it has been understood that my weekends are my own. The OP (Norm) has never implied the he is doing anything that his employer wold consider sneaky. If he were expected to be in Boston for the weekend for meetings then of course he would not want his hotel to know he was out of town, since they might tell his employer.

I do agree with you that if the employee was expected to attend weekend meetings, etc., then leaving town would be cheating, but I don't think that is the situation. Still, I'm glad I don't work for the same employer as you.
 
Old Mar 25th, 2002, 08:04 AM
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I'm glad that Mr Bean posted and didn't get as emotional as I did. "Not seeing the forest from the trees" is exactly what I was thinking of too. I also doubt that Norm was doing anything sneaky. I think he was doing his employer a favor by not incurring multiple airline trips, and a little consideration from his employer, like paying for a NYC hotel, is the least they can do to return the favor.

My current employer is great, but the former SOB I worked for thought nothing of sending people out of town with hardly any advance notice, making them always fly on their own time, and spending weekends out of town to capitalize on the "Saturday overnight requirement". I'm sorry, I *have* a family, and it does not include my boss.

Now, as a former hotel worker, I will state that if Norm does vacate the room, but not check out, he should tell the hotel, so they don't assume he "skipped".
 
Old Apr 2nd, 2002, 07:53 AM
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Old Apr 2nd, 2002, 08:23 AM
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Just a simple question...if Norm's wife is in NYC already, then why would there be a hotel bill for NYC? Wouldn't he just stay with her?

And for the record, I think he should tell his office. He will be away longer than a 2 day weekend ("for 3 or 4 days") so he if he's taking 1 or 2 days off to play, and he is a hardworker, valued by his company/boss, they will likely encourage it. But I think they have a right to know. He should def let the hotel know.

Norm, have fun in BOS...enjoy a pint at Cheers!
 
Old Apr 2nd, 2002, 08:54 AM
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Jeez some people really get off track and get lost on a tirade that has NOTHING to do with the original question! ARRRGH! Go and enjoy NYC. DO tell the front desk you are leaving the site for a few days and shall return. DO tell your boss of your NYC plans in case someone from the office tries to contact you while you plan to be away. DO NOT check out of the Boston hotel for the weekend! Weekend rates are cheaper. If you checkout and check back in, you could lose a pre-negotiated extended stay rate that is a set cost per night for the length of stay. Weeknight rates are much higher. I would drive to NYC (and pay for the gas cost on your own, don't expense it) You can get to NYC from Boston FASTER and CHEAPER than taking the Acela train which costs $200. And don't bother going to Cheers. It's nothing like the TV Show! Enjoy Boston while you're here though and check out Villa Francesca in the North End for dinner one night. Great place.
 
Old Apr 2nd, 2002, 09:30 AM
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As long as we've gotten off on a tangent about telling Norm how to GET to NYC, I agree that the Acela is expensive, but rather than driving he could take the bus, which is a lot classier than it used to be, much more relaxing than driving, and no more expensive once you pay for gas and those outrageous NYC parking fees.
 
Old Apr 2nd, 2002, 09:33 AM
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Hey, Norm, when are you going? Can I bum a ride with you if you drive? Then I won't have to worry about which train station in CT to park at.
 
Old Apr 2nd, 2002, 09:48 AM
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Old Apr 4th, 2002, 09:32 AM
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