The dates, location, and details are a surprise, released only 90 days in advance.
I work in the design field, and my small company was recently acquired by a multinational firm.
We’ve known that each summer the entire company is invited to three-day company-wide meeting.
Doubt will come in waves – our human, trusting, loving hearts try to rationalize the insanity of what happened. A sociopath’s “normal” is lying – they do not love.. Base everything we do, every decision we make while escaping on what’s best for our lives, our safety and well being. Become a helpless, emotionless, reactionless burden. Start being contrary, without being openly defiant.
Don’t doubt it even with confusion spinning our minds. Lean towards that clarity, keep breathing, trust our guts and break away safely. Pretend you’re tired, sick, depressed, say you forgot your keys; be incompetent, but make everything seem like an accident.
This will be the first in-person contact many of us will have with our colleagues from around the world, and few from our office want to attend. If anyone in your office is genuinely excited to attend, there’s no reason they need to boycott on principle, but for the rest of you, you’re being told there will be no fall-out if you don’t go, and I’d take them at their word about that and decline.