Dear Consultants, don't invite me to dinner after working a 12 hour day.

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Yes. I like my team but 12 hours a day together is enough. I’m an adult and don’t feel the need to do everything together.

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You get me for one dinner outing a week. Not gonna do all three nights, and not gonna do Monday night after a travel day.

So it’s wither Tuesday or Wednesday, take your pick

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Sorry. No can do - we need to hang out at least 15 hours for it to count

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Wait. Unless the SM picks up the tab. Then you can invite me all you want

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Especially when it’s the Manager “forcing” you to go to team dinner and still expecting you to complete a ton of work that is due the following morning

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Oh we all mentioned it to the M and PPMDs but nothing has changed

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I’ve been more than happy to turn down partners requests for dinner so I could watch TV in my hotel room. I don’t care anymore

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One of us. One of us.

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I wish my current project team would read this thread. Every single night. And they pick terrible restaurants.

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At my old firm the team’s favorite was a hole in the wall Indian buffet...I used to skip that one every single time and pretend that I was hitting the gym. With all the times I’d use that excuse they must have thought I was a body builder meanwhile I was watching netflix

Ugh the worst is taking client to a long dinner and they order dessert...It’s been a pleasure meeting with you but it’s 9pm and I have 4 hecking hours of work left tonight sure go ahead and enjoy that molten chocolate cake with a scoop of ice cream for the next 45 extra minutes. I’ll wait.

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Agreed. At a minimum they are 3 hours long. One client made us go around the table to say what our most embarrassing moment was. I hid in the bathroom for an hour but did not escape. Pure misery.

ALL OF THIS! If you know I had to be up at 4:45AM for my 7AM flight, and we aren’t leaving the office until 7:30PM, why would you think I want to do anything with the team? Especially if at least 2 additional hours of work is needed to prep for the next day?! And it’s always the SM’s and Partners, who don’t have any of the actual work to do, forcing this

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DD1: Leaving the office at 7:30 on a Monday sounds pretty nice, as I pull out of my parking space at the client site...mind you, same flight schedule

Reading this thread reminds me why I left big4 for a local consulting model. so very glad those days are behind me. I'll be having dinner with my family tonight at 6pm :)

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Team building all the time

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Firstly, recognize that you’re an adult, nut up and just tell your project team that you can’t make dinner. If that’s too hard for you, just say yes but shoot an email/text 15 minutes prior and say something urgent come up and you won’t make it after all.

But also realize that there is tangible benefit to dinner with Ms/SMs/partners (dependent on your level of course), so if they’re only pushing for one dinner a week or less, make an effort to attend dinner.

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Omg you're so smart how did none of us think of this Einstein-level solution to this super complex problem! I bet you're a joy to work with!

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Omfg yes. I hate group dinners. Nothing against my team but I need me-time and the few hours after work is it

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I’m an introvert. Group dinners after being with the same group all day are like being in hell

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The pain is real but this is also so f'n hilarious. We work with psychos

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I’m not going. Do what you gotta do

Amen brother

I thought I was in the minority until I saw this thread.

We call that “forced team fun"

Co-sign

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