Starting a new job soon and they just told me they’d like me to join a team-wide offsite in person in July (the role is fully remote). I’m vaxxed but have an underlying issue and still feel uncomfortable/like it’s too soon for me. I feel awkward explaining that. What’s reasonable?

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Say you’re not comfortable

I would say no.

We’re planning an offfsite in august and we’re making contingencies for those that still won’t feel comfortable. I think it’s a reasonable concern and you should let them know. I’d be surprised if they haven’t considered it already.

Tell them you would love to work with them to find a way to join virtually, but you are unable to attend in person. If they pry, it’s a private health matter and leave it at that. You are completely valid in your concerns and I appreciate your standing up for yourself and your health.

Thanks so much everyone🙏

I’m in a similar situation @OP. Sharing my two cents for context not to influence your decision. Started a job a few months ago. On boarding remotely has been a huge challenge for me—it’s taking far longer to get to know folks outside your core team. I was remote before remote was cool, but always started a job in person for context. Except I sort of proposed the offsite idea—currently with legal to see if it’s even an option. We’re a fairly small team, but it would mean folks flying to NYC from various places. I have multiple risk factors, and would definitely distance and wear a mask. BUT I feel like now is the time—new variants are out and I’m hearing the fall will be a brutal flu season. So for me, it’s likely the only time before Spring that I’d feel comfortable. And I do feel like developing the relationships is business-critical to achieving results in a timely manner.

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