A few months ago, the company I was working with, was on a shaky ground with our client. The client was unhappy with our performance, and decided to give our company a chance to make things amend. Since the client was very important, we went all out, even working on some weekends.
Today, the boss informed me and the team that we have received good news from our client. As a celebration, we will be going out to watch a sports game live on this weekend (Sunday). Here lies a few problems:
- While the ticket was sponsored, the transportation was not. It is located in a rather remote place, and driving or taking the public transport to the event is a hassle.
- By "hassle", I mean an approximate 2 hour drive. Alternatively, with public transport, it will probably take 3-4 hours, and might rack up close to a hundred dollars. The return trip is bound to be jammed as well, which might add a few more hours.
- The team consists of me, my senior and the boss. Both me and my senior are not interested in the sports game.
- I cannot be sure at the moment, but our boss could have purchased the tickets already.
I understand my boss's good intention, but for reasons mentioned above, I cannot help but to turn it down.
So, the question, how to turn down boss's gift for celebration after going through hard times?
In reference to another question titled How do I politely decline contributing to boss's Christmas present?, the question was about turning down a contribution for the boss. This question is about turning down a gift from the boss.
Update: Thank you everyone for your opinion. Firstly, I apologize if I offend anyone with what I have to say. I asked "how to turn down the boss's gift", not "should I take the boss's gift". Judging from this perspective, I believe @bethlakshmi's answer fits what I need. Nevertheless, I did not ignore other responses. Some of your comments are valid responses, which did influence how I handled the situation.
I fired an email to my boss, clarifying if he had bought the tickets. I also explained about the issue on the travel time, suggesting that we carpool if possible. Lastly, I suggested an alternative event which is more accessible for everyone. He has yet to reply at the moment.
However, if I am to go, I will try my best to enjoy myself throughout the day. It might not be my favorite sport, but it is not my most hated sport either.
For others who stumble upon the same problem, I hope you go through the discussions and comments in the answers. My course of action might not be the best for you, and as mentioned, these comments are valid and do make a point.