I do not want to go to mandatory lunch meetings. I feel it is a waste of time for each person at the meeting. If there are seven people in the meeting, and the meeting is an hour long lunch, it is the stealing of seven hours of human freedom.
Acquiescence to lunch meetings is personal acknowledgment that I’m not able to stand up for my own freedom and personal rights of eating lunch by myself. It’s looking myself in the mirror and saying “my boss owns me“.
What are some of your best pushbacks to your boss to get out of going to lunch meetings? I’d like to take this from friendly polite decline but will stand ground if it becomes confrontational. I’d rather exercise empathy, as my tendency is to not shy from confrontation.